Chinese forklift truck maker BYD is launching a range of counterbalance trucks using Iron-Phosphate batteries in Germany, along with the Netherlands and Belgium.
“We are 100 per cent market ready in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium with a strong and experienced sales and service network in place and have other countries due for development later this year,” says Javier Contijoch, BYD Europe’s forklifts director.
The new range includes three and four-wheel counterbalance trucks and a heavy-duty powered pallet truck.
The four-wheel counterbalance trucks – the ECB20, ECB25 and ECB35 – come with 2,000, 2,500 and 3,500kg lift capacities respectively. All are available with either simplex, or duplex and triplex masts with full free lift, for work at heights of up to 6,000mm.
A new three-wheel counterbalance truck – the ECB16 – is also going on sale from March with a 1,600kg lift capacity and the same mast options, aimed at applications where manoeuvrability is a priority. The PTP20H, is a 2,000kg capacity powered pallet truck.
BYD says the Iron-Phosphate battery cell can be fully charged in a fraction of the time taken by traditional lead-acid batteries and uses much less energy during the charging and discharging process.