Radical Energy Design (RED)
Radical Energy Design optimises truck design with modular Li_Ion units
Toyota Material Handling Europe has started the RED project to set out a vision for trucks’ future design, with the first award-winning example already launched, the latest LWI160 Li-ion powered pallet truck. RED stands for Radical Energy Design, which is at the heart of the new design concept, based on the use of Toyota’s own lithium-ion modular battery system. The thinking behind the RED-project is to eliminate the battery box completely and find alternative locations for the individual energy modules. Instead of working with big lithium-ion blocks that weigh more, we are now working with smaller modules, of which the battery cells and their weight are divided throughout the truck. This gives a certain freedom to completely redesign the truck with many advantages. The main difference is the reduction in size, which improves driveability but also flexibility, with smaller trucks able to work in any ‘normal’ application.
The first example of RED-project thinking is the new Levio LWI160 powered pallet truck. It has been redesigned and optimised thanks to the removal of the traditional battery tank allowing an optimal fit of all components. This brings benefits in terms of assembly, packaging, and servicing the truck. This results in a very compact machine: smaller, lighter and more energy-efficient. The LWI160 is easy and safe to operate in low, medium and high-intensity pedestrian applications. This truck comes with a maintenance-free Lithium-ion battery for fast and opportunity charging ensuring high flexibility.
The RED-project approach will be applied across the range over the next few years and plans are already well-advanced for new generations of manual forklifts. The benefits of this new approach are considerable, and we are always looking at ways to improve our machines while answering our customers’ expectations.
- Fork-lift trucks with electric drive
- Motorised low-lift trucks
- Drive batteries for industrial trucks
- Primary elements and batteries, battery systems, also for electric mobility
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