Friday 21st Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Hyster unveils electric forklifts


Hyster has launched a series of electric forklift trucks, built to improve driver productivity. 

The J1.5-2.0 XNT and J1.6-2.0XN series have been designed following extensive investment and research into driver preferences, which found that easy on/off access, comfort and ease of operation were of particular importance.

The trucks feature a low step height of 500mm, along with a conveniently positioned rounded grab handle, a compact adjustable steering wheel and seat armrest with mini-lever fingertip controls, which incorporates all travel and hydraulic functions, including directional switch, horn, optional Return to Set Tilt and battery disconnect switch. 

There is generous foot space and a new pedal layout to provide increased legroom, along with a non-slip floor mat.

The curved overhead guard offers increased shoulder and head room and the full suspension seat provides 80mm of travel suspension for comfort and a reduction in whole body vibration levels.

Hyster Vista masts offer maximum forward and fork tip visibility while the new Vista + design, which is available with 1.5 and 1.6 tonne JXNT 3-wheel and the 1.6 tonne JXN 4-wheel models, also has a 330mm window between the mast channels. 

All trucks in the electric counterbalanced range are compact with the advanced turning capability of the 4-wheel JXN trucks, featuring a Zero Turn Radius (ZTR) steer axle, which gives them the manoeuvrability of a 3-wheel truck, but with additional stability over uneven surfaces.

The display screen inside provides diagnostic information, battery discharge indication, hour meter, brake fluid level, motor temperature and seatbelt indicators.

David Rowell, European operations manager for Hyster, said: “These new Hyster models have been developed with the operator very much in mind. Many of their ergonomic features were developed especially for this range, after many hours of talking to operators working in industries such as food, cargo, automotive manufacturing and the chemical industry.  The purpose is to help the drivers to remain comfortable and sustain efficiency and productivity throughout a shift.”