Electrification is top of Genie’s agenda
17 April 2023
Electrification will be a key theme for Genie at the upcoming APEX 2023 exhibition, which is to be held in Maastricht, Netherlands, from the 6 to 8 June.
Genie’s equipment display will include both hybrid and electric boom and scissor lifts models, including the GS-1932 E-Drive Lithium-Ion and GS-3246 scissor lifts, the electric S-60 DC telescopic boom lift and the hybrid Z-45 FE articulating boom lift.
The models aim to meet the rising “demand for more environmentally friendly equipment for work at height”, while also providing a low total cost of ownership.
Will Westley, Genie VP of Sales & Support for the EMEAI Region, said, “Across Europe, and globally, demand is strong for equipment that can deliver a lower environmental footprint without sacrificing performance or quality.
“At the same time that demand has increased, the technology that enables electrification have evolved and costs to implement it have come down.”
Thus, Genie’s GS-1932 E-Drive scissors lift features a specially designed zero-maintenance battery that, in addition to providing a full working day’s use of the machine, has a 10-year lifespan and comes with a five-year warranty.
The battery can be charged in just four hours, which Genie claims is 33% faster than FLA batteries, and can tolerate temperatures as high as 49° Celsius and as low as -29° Celsius.
While the GS-1932 delivers a maximum working height of 7.8m and offers a basket capacity of 227kg, Genie’s GS-3246 slab scissor lift has an 11.7m working height and a basket capacity of 318kg, and is fitted with the same E-Drive battery system.
The manufacturer’s equipment line-up will also include its award-winning electric S-60 DC boom lift. Said to be the industry’s first lightweight, four-wheel drive electrified telescopic boom lift in the 18m height class, the model offers a maximum outreach of 12.3m, a working height of 20.6m and a platform capacity 300kg on a 1.83m jib.
The S-60 DC is equipped with four AC electric drive motors and weighs just 7,983kg, which is “about one-third less than comparable booms”.
Genie will also showcase a boom lift equipped with its TraX feature. Designed to improve productivity when working on muddy terrain and on sensitive area, TraX is an independent four-point track drive system that provides lower contact pressure when operating on “ground surfaces where damage must be kept to a minimum”.
The drive system comprises triangular steel tracks encased in rubber at the corners, which allows the machine to handle muddy conditions.
“The track swivels 22° up and down to maintain constant contact with the ground,” said Genie. “This helps to deliver smooth operational performance when encountering sharp changes in slope, including the break-over angle on many transport trailers.”
Westley added, “In addition to showcasing our latest equipment, our Genie team at APEX will present customers with new tools to efficiently manage their fleets, like our expanded Genie Service Solutions (GSS) offering in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India.
“And for those taking a more hands-on approach to service, a new virtual training experience for technicians will be launched at the show.”