Doosan launches electric counterbalance forklift range


Doosan has developed a range of robust electric counterbalance forklift trucks to benefit a broad spectrum of businesses. Comprising four models, the B45X-7 Series is being launched with the expectation that it will be an attractive alternative to internal combustion-powered equivalents.

Doosan Industrial Vehicles UK sales and marketing director Brian Grady said, “Companies that are currently considering contracts on 3.5–5.0 metric ton IC engine trucks should at least be looking at the possibility of switching to electric-powered forklifts as a way of reducing their costs, improving safety and cutting their carbon footprint – especially in light of the Euro Stage V emission regulations that have just come into effect on January 1, 2019.”

Grady added, “Electric trucks have come a really long way in the past few years and are now, with this series, a highly viable alternative to IC Engine trucks for most applications.”

Built for working long shifts outdoors in dusty or damp conditions, the mid-range vehicles provide a lifting capacity of 4-5 metric tons and offer a tighter turning circle than the predecessor model.

Model features
Equipped with IP65 and IP43-rated Curtis AC controllers and motors, the forklift trucks also include Doosan’s in-house, sealed, oil-cooled disc brake system as standard. Protecting against outside elements such as dirt, water and grit, the system lasts up to five times longer than conventional shoe brakes.

Safety features on the vehicle consist of anti-roll back technology to prevent accidents when on slopes, automatic speed control to ensure cornering is done safely and an operator sensing system that immobilizes the machine when the operator leaves the cab.

Engineers have also improved operator visibility through the mast as well as eased access to the emergency stop button on the dashboard.


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