Clark’s electric forklift to compete with IC versions

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Clark is introducing an electric forklift with the expectation it will take on combustion versions in terms of both power and cost.

Capable of performing tasks as reliably as a comparable diesel or LPG machine, the new EPXi range of counterbalance truck is also priced at a similar level.

Equipped with a low-maintenance 15kW traction motor, the vehicle includes 48V three-phase technology for good acceleration, while three independent braking systems – electric, operating and parking brake – provide safety for the operator.

The electric brake has an in-built recovery system to feed energy back into the battery every time it is applied.

In terms of ergonomics, the operator’s cab provides the driver with an intuitive operating concept and good view of the load and forks. A wide and lowered foot step, in addition to a hand rail enables easy and safe entry into the compartment, while a tilting steering column and the seat can be adjusted to meet individual needs.

A Clark spokesman, said, “In many fields of application, which were once considered a purely combustion engine domain, today’s electric forklifts ensure at least the same high efficiency. The reason why many operators still decide against electric vehicles are the often higher procurement costs.

“This vehicle is equipped with just the right solid technology required for heavy handling, and for ergonomic and safe use. Expensive gadgets, which are superfluous for most applications, have been eliminated, thereby creating excellent value for money for the owner.”

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