The manufacturing company of industrial lift trucks Taylor Machine Works, Inc. and the specialists in zero-emission electric transit vehicles Prottera have announced a collaboration for electric container handlers with high battery technology.
Taylor will power the next-generation Taylor ZLC Series electric container handler with 904-kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy and the ZH Series electric forklift with 225-kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy using Proterra's industry-leading battery technology.
These electric container handlers and forklifts will support various heavy-duty applications, including container handling in port environments and other heavy-material handling industrial settings such as warehouses, plants, worksites, mine sites, steelyards, lumber yards, and others, according to a statement.
"Our commitment to the electric market for material handling and container handling equipment will be a strategic engineering collaboration between Taylor and Proterra. We believe that Proterra's vision for EV battery technology and their commitment to zero-emission standards align with the Taylor vision," stated President and Chief Operating Officer of The Taylor Group of Companies, Robert Taylor Sr.
It is expected that the Mississippi-based manufacturers will deliver the first Proterra-powered vehicles to customers during the next year.
The two partners will also be working together to help ports electrify their heavy-duty, material handling machinery by delivering charging and infrastructure solutions.
"Electrifying heavy-duty equipment is a win-win for our ports and our communities," pointed out President of Proterra Powered and Energy, Gareth Joyce, who explained, "It means protecting our health and the air we breathe at the same time we meet the needs of the world's busiest ports and other industrial settings with new technologies."