In these times of advancing urbanisation, the demand for alternative drives in cities and urban areas is increasing. And in the field of construction, lifting, maintenance and renovation, too, the time frames are getting ever smaller and the legal requirements ever more stringent. It is not only about minimising emissions here, because noise reduction is also important wherever people live together in densely populated areas or work has to be carried out inside buildings.
As a driver of innovation, PALFINGER has long focused on sustainability – particularly in terms of environmental sustainability – and is also increasingly offering all-electric and hybrid lifting solutions. These enable our customers to operate loader cranes and access platforms electrically, with either plug-in electric operation or batteries, and so minimise CO2 emissions, noise pollution and unpleasant odours.
But PALFINGER is also going one step further here – after all, sustainability is not purely an ecological component. Issues such as safety and energy consumption during operation and deployment-optimised maintenance also play a key role in increasing product lifetime.
Sustainability you can touch
That was the name of the game at bauma 2019, where we showcased the first electrically operated PALFINGER P 370 KS E access platform and PK 18502 SH concept crane. This exceptionally quiet, efficient and zero-emissions premium-class access platform has been optimised for night-time and indoor use. Its core is an intelligent energy management system that ensures the seamless interaction of electric motors, hydraulic pumps and the integrated battery charging system.
The PK 18502 SH, a prototype of which was unveiled at bauma 2019, is characterised by its outstanding flexibility. It can be operated either with a plug-in electric drive or fully autonomously with a battery pack, which can in turn be supplied via the power grid or a generator. With this charging option, the battery can also be charged during travel or while the truck’s engine is running, which ensures that the crane can be operated all day.
See for yourself in the following video: