Hammar has launched its electric power pack (ePP) for sideloaders on a worldwide scale, representing the first major push towards green alternatives in the sideloader industry.
The ePP, which can be charged by the truck while driving and by plug-in (230V), lasts for around 20 consecutive lifts with a weight of 35 tonnes.
Electric power suits sideloaders particularly well according to the Swedish manufacturer, which in 2013 built the world’s first electric-powered sideloader in Australia.
This is because the handling time of the cranes, between two and five minutes per stop, is generally only a small part of a working day compared to the large amount of time spent on transportation.
Bengt-Olof Hammar, CEO and owner at Hammar, said: “We have a customer today in Australia who doesn’t have to stop to charge the sideloader at all, and the charging during transport is enough to last for a whole week without plug-in charging.
“This same scenario will apply to many of our customers. In combination with plug-in charging the ePP will work great for anyone with some transport distance.”
Compared to the traditional diesel power pack the ePP offers reduced environmental impact, a healthier working environment, lower operating costs, a lower weight and significantly reduced noise levels.
Zero emissions and low noise levels are particularly useful in increasingly dense urban areas according to the company, since many place control these by law or plan to do so.
Ancotrans, the largest sideloader operator in Denmark, is the first company outside Australia to receive the electric unit, based on its long-term focus on green container transport.
Mogens Røigaard, COO at Ancotrans, said: “It is the right solution for both for the climate and for the working environment of the driver. The lower sound levels, no particles and cleaner air when working in confined spaces are all important factors.”
The manufacturer is already developing the next generation of electric power packs for sideloaders.
Hammar added: “As greener trucks become available sideloaders will also become greener, as many operators also choose to power their sideloaders with their truck via power take-off”.