DIV begins production of new electric truck range


Doosan Industrial Vehicle has begun production of a completely redesigned range of 1.5- and 2.5-tonne electric forklifts, with a host of new safety and performance features as standard.

Built at the company’s state-of-the-art production facility in South Korea, these are part of the latest 7-Series range and are said to represent a step change in electric forklift performance and value.

The expanded range, now including long wheelbase variants with increased battery capacity, means that Doosan has one of the widest ranges of electric counterbalance trucks to suit any electric truck application. New standard features include latest technology finger-tip controls, an automatic electric parking brake, and an advanced control system protected to IP65 rating, providing even better protection against water, dust and damp sites where previously only IC engine trucks would be suitable.

Other highlights include: LED spotlights for better illumination, using less power and vastly reducing bulb failures; upgraded protection packages on the motors; and one of the most comfortable seats on the market. In addition, redesigned masts provide enhanced visibility, with panoramic mirrors providing increased safety and all-round visibility.

Paul Watson, UK general sales manager, Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK, commented, “Our BT/BX 7-Series models represent a complete redesign of our electric truck range that sets the standard for the market.

“In addition to the new standard features, the range also features an increased steer angle, especially on the 4-wheel models now turning to 86°, which gives a superb turning radius. Combine these new features with virtually maintenance-free oil cooled disc brakes, Active Energy Control with regenerative braking, which feeds power back into the battery, and our Operator Sensing System for ultimate driver safety, and you have a package which is second to none.”

The 1.5- to 2.0-tonne models are now available, with the new 7-Series 2.2-tonne to 3.5-tonne models going into production later this year. The existing 5-Series giants – 4.0-tonne to 5.0-tonne machines – continue to be available.

“Our new range is a genuine advance in technology, innovation and operator comfort and represents a real step forward in the electric truck market in terms of reliability, performance, safety and value,” Watson added. “All have the robust build quality and simple, powerful performance which our customers have come to expect from a Doosan.”

June 19, 2015

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