Taylor Machine Works Inc has partnered with Proterra Inc to power the next-generation Taylor ZLC Series electric container handler and the ZH Series electric forklift.
Using Proterra’s industry-leading battery technology, Taylor Machine Works will power the container handler with 904 kilowatt hours (kWh) and the forklift with 225 kWh.
Matt Hiller, director of engineering at Taylor Machine Works, said: “Electrification of mobile material handling equipment is an exciting and challenging effort but is also developing very quickly.
“Taylor is readying our customers for the new choices they have in the ways energy is used in their business. Taylor has always provided our customers with stable and forward-thinking technology and this continues in the EV space with our strategic Proterra partnership.”
The all-electric container handlers and forklifts will support various heavy-duty applications, including container handling in port environments and other heavy-material handling industrial settings such as warehouses, plants, worksites, mine sites, steel yards, lumber yards, and others.
Taylor Machine Works expects to deliver the first Proterra powered Taylor vehicle to customers in 2022 and the partners will also work together to help ports and other customers electrify their heavy-duty, material handling material by delivering charging and infrastructure solutions.
Gareth Joyce, president of Proterra Powered & Energy, said: “Electrifying heavy-duty equipment is a win-win for our ports and our communities.
“It means protecting our health and the air we breathe at the same time we meet the needs of the world’s busiest ports and other industrial settings with new technologies. We are excited to partner with a trusted, industry-leader like Taylor and deliver our proven EV technology to power the next generation of material handling machines.”
Proterra battery technology leverages industry-leading density and a customisable design to fit within various Taylor industrial material handling and container handling products.
Robert Taylor Sr., president and chief operating officer of the Taylor Group of Companies, said: “Our commitment to the electric market for material handling and container handling equipment will be a strategic engineering collaboration between Taylor and Proterra.
“We believe that Proterra’s vision for EV battery technology and their commitment to zero-emission standards align with the Taylor vision.”
In 2019, Taylor Machine Works first engineered the ZLC Series designed to load and unload shipping containers weighing up to 75,000 pounds in port environments.
Utilising state-of-the-art electric motors and environmentally responsible battery packs, the ZLC Series plug-in battery electric vehicle was equipped with enough energy to smoothly transition from combustion engines to reliable electric power.