Toyota Industries Corp. (TICO) has announced the launch of the company’s first internal combustion hybrid lift truck — the Geneo-Hybrid — developed with hy- brid technology from the Toyota Motor Corp. TICO said the Geneo-Hybrid forklift was developed to meet the needs of a midsize lift truck while also meeting environmental and fuel con- sumption performance standards. The 3. 5 ton counterbalanced Geneo-Hybrid lift truck is configured with a 2. 5 L Toyota diesel engine rated 50.96 hp that drives a generator and hydraulic pump to supply an elec- tric motor. Electrical energy is stored in a nickel-metal hydride battery. TICO said this configuration re- duces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 50%, while maintaining the performance of a conventional diesel-powered unit. The company also said the forklift is able to operate 26 hours before needing to be refu- eled. Results are based on TICO’s measurements according to the oper- ating cycle of German VDI standards. The Geneo-Hybrid lift truck com- bines a series hybrid system for travel and a parallel hybrid system for load handling. In the series hybrid system, the 26 k W drive motor, integrated on the front axle, is powered by electric energy from the generator and the battery, which receives its charge from the engine-driven generator. For load handling, the parallel hybrid system operates a 46. 5 cc/rev hydraulic pump that receives mechanical energy from the diesel engine and electric energy from the battery. The nickel-metal hydride battery is re- charged by the engine’s operation and does not require plug-in recharging. To
further the power efficiency, the lift truck harnesses energy regenerated from the frequent release of the accelerator and during switchback operation.
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Toyota Industries Corp. has intro- duced the 3. 5 ton Geneo- Hybrid forklift, targeting the midsize lift truck market. The Geneo-Hybrid lift truck combines a series hybrid system for travel and a parallel hybrid system for load han- dling. The company said the lift truck maintains the performance of a diesel-powered unit, while reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
The lift truck has a maxi- mum travel speed of 11. 8 mph and an 8000 lb. load capacity. It was scheduled to be launched in Japan in December. TICO said the U.S. launch date has not been set. dp