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Doosan launches rugged electric range

Wednesday, 6 Feb 2019 ( #909 ) - Northampton, United Kingdom
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Doosan B45X-7
Doosan has launched a powerful new range of four-wheel electric counterbalance forklift trucks, the B45X-7 Series.

The four new models, covering a capacity range from 4.0 – 5.0 T, are aimed at a broad spectrum of industry, including manufacturing, wholesale distribution, food and drink, engineering, building supplies, and transport and warehousing. Doosan claims the models will deliver improved capability, power and performance.

The versatility of electric power is now available in a durable and reliable vehicle, built for working long shifts outdoors in wet or dusty conditions – making it a viable alternative to increasingly regulated IC engine equivalents.

Durability for outside duty is assured with IP65- and IP43-rated Curtis AC controllers and motors, offering maximum resilience to water and dust. Also included as standard is Doosan’s sealed, oil-cooled disc brake system, which is virtually maintenance-free and lasts up to five times longer than conventional shoe brakes.

With a tighter turning circle than its predecessor, smooth and responsive acceleration, and a conveniently placed direction switch on the hydraulic control lever for switching direction of travel quickly and easily, the all-round performance of the B45X-7 Series promises a boost to productivity inside or outside the warehouse.

Prominent safety features include Anti Roll Back for preventing accidental movement of the vehicle when stopped on a slope, Automatic Speed Control that adjusts the travel speed for safer cornering, and an Operator Sensing System that immobilises the truck and locks all hydraulic functions when an operator leaves the cab.

Brian Grady, sales & marketing director, Doosan Industrial Vehicles UK, says: "Companies that are currently considering contracts on 3.5 – 5.0 T IC engine trucks should at least be looking at the possibility of switching to electric-powered forklifts as a way of reducing their costs, improving safety and cutting their carbon footprint – especially in light of the Euro Stage V emission regulations that have just come into effect on 1 January 2019."

He adds: "Electric trucks have come a really long way in the past few years and are now, with this series, a highly viable alternative to IC engine trucks for most applications."
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