Toyota to launch 8FBN electric series


Toyota Material Handling Australia will shortly unveil a new range of 1.5 to 3 tonne rated capacity four-wheel counter-balance battery electric forklifts

Toyota to launch  8FBN electric series
Toyota to launch 8FBN electric series

February 3, 2012

Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) will shortly unveil a new range of 1.5 to 3 tonne rated capacity four-wheel counter-balance battery electric forklifts.

The new energy efficient Toyota 8FBN series forklift meets customer demands for longer operating times between charges.

It also offers improved safety and environmental performance, reduced operator fatigue, increased durability and water resistance.

There are five 8FBN models, ranging from 1.5 to 3 tonne rated capacity at 500mm load centres with a choice of masts, hydraulic controls and attachments.

A number of accessories are available, as well as a cold storage pack for operating at minus 45 degrees Celsius and a corrosion-protection pack.

TMHA National Product Manager for Toyota electric forklifts Jim Lobow says the new 8FBN forklift series has a new AC power system, more efficient motors and controllers, improved layout of equipment and an all-new pedal-stroke detection regenerative brake system.

"Pedal-stroke regenerative braking allows the new Toyota 8FBN forklift models to improve the efficiency of energy recovery, thereby increasing operating times," he says.

"The regenerative-brake ratio during braking is adjusted according to the percentage of the brake pedal stroke."

TMHA claims the improvements relate to an approximate five per cent improvement in operating times over the 7FB series model.

"The biggest single advance over the equivalent 7FB series could well be the automatic turn-speed control," Lobow says.

"The new system combines lift-height and load-weight-sensing along with turn-speed control automatically limiting the forklift's speed when turning - according to the state of the vehicle."

At high lift heights, vehicle speed, acceleration and deceleration are limited according to load carried.

The combination of the newly designed high-mount rear axle and the new turn speed control helps the forklift achieve more stable turns that match the operating conditions.

"Higher water resistance to IPX4 rating and zero emissions, including a design free of hexavalent chrome, mean the new Toyota 8FBN series will suit a wider range of end users and even challenge some engine truck applications," Lobow adds.

Key options of the new Toyota 8FBN forklift range also include a height selector, joystick controls, and shock sensor.

There is also the choice of roll in-roll-out or fork pockets at the bottom of the battery case for a side-out battery that can be used for multi-shift application.

Features pioneered on the 8-Series internal-combustion machines have been adopted, including lift-height control and sudden-acceleration-from-a-standing-start prevention control.

The new 8FBN now has SAS € with enhanced features such as automatic Turn Speed and Vehicle Speed Control.

It also comes with the proven active-mast function controller, which now includes rear tilt levelling and active steering synchroniser to optimise productivity.

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