Manitou goes electric for construction

By: Chris McCullough

A new team player for electric construction machinery has emerged onto the market with a prototype telehandler

Joining forces, Manitou and Deutz have introduced two telehandlers—one as a hybrid and another with full electric system machine to meet increasing demand for such vehicles. 

The full-electric Manitou MT 1135 telehandler is equipped with a 360-volt vehicle power supply

This is the first time Deutz has incorporated prototype electric drives into Manitou equipment and as a result, the Manitou MT 1135 has now been launched as a prototype.

Deutz says it has provided a modular product portfolio for electric drives, which allows customers to choose the combination of combustion engine, electric motor, battery, and power electronics best suited to their needs.

Plus, should the customer require it, a pure electric drive system is also available on request. Both manufacturers say their goal is to produce a machine that demonstrates a significant increase in efficiency which will reduce overall running costs, fuel consumption and emissions in equal measure. 

The full-electric Manitou MT 1135 telehandler is equipped with a 360-volt vehicle power supply and a 60kW electric motor.

The battery, with a generous 30kWh capacity, ensures that the required level of energy is delivered. The MT 1335 normally comes with a 75kW Deutz TCD 3.6 diesel engine.

For the hybrid prototype, this diesel engine has been replaced by a Deutz TCD 2.2, which generates 55kW, plus a 20kW electric motor. The electric system is provided with a 48-volt system voltage.

The Manitou CEO is confident Deutz provides the essential expertise to develop this electric telehandler.

The Manitou MT 1135 has now been launched as a prototype

Michel Denis, president and CEO of Manitou Group, says: "It is the first full electric construction telehandler prototype that we have released thanks to Deutz, and we are proud to work in this explorative phase with a confident supplier.

"The integration of electric drives into our telehandlers is very encouraging for the future. Deutz has rapidly assumed a pioneering role in the field of electrification. It has the necessary expertise and knows our applications’ special requirements.

"This telehandler enables Manitou to enhance our existing hybrid and electric ranges. Innovation is really a part of Manitou Group’s DNA, and electrification allows us to match our CSR approach and our customers’ expectations."

Dr Frank Hiller, chairman of the Deutz AG board of management, adds: "We initiated our e-Deutz strategy last autumn. So, we are now very proud to be carrying out the next step of electrification with Manitou Group.

"These joint studies reinforce our belief that we can provide the market with the right solutions and to positioning ourselves as the market leader for innovative drive systems."

There are no current details available on when these electric vehicles will come into production.

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