none

HYDROGEN-POWERED FORKLIFTS ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA

08-05-2018
by 
in 

Hyster has demonstrated what it claims is Australia’s first hydrogen-powered forklift. The 1.8-tonne unit was unveiled at a ceremony in Sydney by Hyster-Yale Asia-Pacific Managing Director, Tony Fagg (pictured right).

Also involved in the launch (pictured from from left), Scott Nargar, Manager of Future Mobility and Government Relations, Hyundai Motor Company Australia; Claire Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Hydrogen Mobility Australia; and John Alexander, MP for Bennelong.

“These new hard-working forklifts comprise a production-tested Hyster range that complements our existing globally respected ranges and is backed by the distribution and technical resources of Hyster-Yale Group, which produces forklifts for the toughest working conditions in capacities from 1-52 tonnes,” said Fagg.

Hyster’s hydrogen-powered ranges use durable high-performance Nuvera fuel cell systems, which are fast-fuelled power options that replace lead-acid batteries in Class I, II, and III electric lift trucks. The Nuvera fuel cell system, acquired by Hyster-Yale in 2014, is designed and built to provide customer return on investment over the lifecycle of the product.

The hydrogen fuel cell powered forklifts can be refuelled in as little as three minutes, which saves significant downtime compared with battery-operated forklifts that can take up to 8 hours to recharge.

The key barrier to the adoption of hydrogen-powered vehicles in Australia is a lack of hydrogen infrastructure, which is the priority of Hydrogen Mobility Australia (HMA), a recently formed association that includes vehicle manufacturers Hyundai and Toyota among its membership – along with latest recruit Hyster-Yale.

The reason the forklift launch was held at the Hyundai Motor Company Australia base in Sydney was that it has one of the few hydrogen refuelling stations in Australia.

Speaking at the launch, HMA CEO Claire Johnson pointed to increased adoption of hydrogen-powered forklifts worldwide – notably by Walmart and Amazon in the USA - said: “It is evident that hydrogen is poised to capture a much larger share of the overall market for materials handling equipment around the world, and now most importantly, here in Australia.”

Hyster-Yale Asia-Pacific
www.hyster.com

 

Related news & editorials

  1. 03.06.2020
    03.06.2020
    by      In
    The Enerpac LAT Air Hydraulic Torque Wrench Pump, a new compact, portable and powerful addition to the Enerpac range, is available now in Australia, New Zealand and PNG.
    At approximately 18 kilograms with oil, the Enerpac LAT offers high productivity in hard-to-access locations. It’s easy to lift,... Read More
  2. 03.06.2020
    03.06.2020
    by      In
    Gates Australia redefines high-pressure hydraulic performance with the introduction to the Australian and New Zealand markets of the MegaSys MXG 4K hydraulic hose.
    Qualified to one million impulse cycles, this highly differentiated hose is a lightweight, compact, highly flexible drop-in replacement... Read More
  3. 03.06.2020
    03.06.2020
    by      In
    Monnit Corporation has released their new ALTA Advanced Edge Gateway, available now from Metromatics.
    The new Edge Gateway makes deployments more agile and productive. By coupling the prominent MQTTS protocol and the IoT’s broadest sensor range, the Edge aggregates data from feature-rich Monnit... Read More
  4. 01.06.2020
    01.06.2020
    by      In
    Specifically designed for horizontal use in intralogistics and crane systems, the new igus autoglide 5 from Treotham guides energy safely on long travels and at a low cost.
    For years, busbar systems have provided power and data transmission in tight, compact spaces and for fast lane movements.... Read More