Linde truck wins design award


Linde’s electric counterbalance truck has been awarded a prestigious design prize.

An international panel of experts at the German Design Awards 2019 singled out the material handling company’s Roadster for its attractive appearance as well as its high levels of visibility. Special design modifications, including the removal of the A-pillar, led the judges to make the vision-optimized version of the E20-E35 series the winner in the utility vehicles category. The panel – made up of experts from business, science and the design industry – scrutinized around 5,400 submissions before choosing the Roadster as the winner.

“We are delighted to receive this special award. It shows that it is absolutely worthwhile to keep on challenging what already exists and – in the interests of our customers – tread new paths that provide clear added value in material handling,” said Christophe Lautray, chief sales officer at Linde Material Handling.

“The overhead tilt cylinders on the vehicle absorb the lifting forces and direct them backwards via the overhead guard frame. Thanks to this creative solution, Linde Roadster drivers enjoy an almost unlimited all-round view, which makes their work not only much easier but also significantly safer.”

The German Design Award has been presented annually by the German Design Council since 2012 and is one of the most recognized design competitions worldwide.

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