Li-ion powered lift truck

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Hyster Company has introduced an integrated lithium-ion battery-powered lift truck built specifically for the fast-paced trucking industry.

A four-wheel counterbalanced model with a 4,000-pound capacity the J40XNL is designed for loading and unloading trailers, with a open-space configuration that prioritizes operator comfort and reduces the truck weight to improve acceleration and reduce energy consumption.

Designed with trucking in mind, the optional trucker’s mast meets application lift heights while helping minimize the risk of trailer and bay damage.

“The trucking industry is electrifying quickly, and that trend includes more than just the tractor-trailers on the highway,” says Buddy Spurrier, director, major accounts, logistics, Hyster Company.

“Our customers are looking across their supply chains, including lift trucks, to find options that can not only reduce their carbon footprint, but also support operator retention and productivity in what are often extremely busy, multi-shift operations.”

The J40XNL is a fit for other intense industries looking for solutions to help reach zero emissions targets, such as general manufacturing, agriculture, home centers, chemicals and plastics, and auto and transport manufacturing.

The truck has a low step height that reduces the amount of effort needed to climb into the cabin, a key attribute in workflows where operators are frequently mounting and dismounting lift trucks.

Comfortable seating, increased headroom for taller drivers and greater space in the operator compartment encouraging freedom of movement all contribute to better ergonomics.

A lowered centre of gravity improves truck handling in corners, while reduced truck weight improves acceleration.

The sealed lithium-ion battery eliminates battery cleaning, watering and equalizing, and doesn’t emit fumes or gasses.