Genie launches hybrid and electric booms
By Euan Youdale09 May 2022
Genie is expanding its boom offerings to include the industry’s first hybrid telescopic boom and lightweight, electric, telescopic boom lift in the 60ft (18m) height class.
With a 20.6m (67ft, 2in) working height and an 18.6m (61ft, 2in) platform height, the Genie S-60 DC and S-60 FE boom lifts build on Genie’s 100% electric DC and hybrid FE technology.
Deliveries to customers in EMEAI (Europe, Middle East, Africa and India) will start in the third quarter of 2022. The models will be available in North America and the rest of the world in 2023.
“Modern jobsites demand rugged, reliable, high-performance equipment that is also quiet, clean, efficient. The new Genie S-60 DC and S-60 FE telescopic boom lifts meet those needs with a versatile boom that has a best-in-class jib length and delivers the quality, reliability and lower total cost of ownership that equipment owners are looking for,” said Corrado Gentile, Genie product manager for the EMEARI Region, based in Umbertide, Italy, where the S-60 DC and S-60 FE are manufactured.
Genie said the launch of the two units follows increasing demand on large jobsites for clean, quiet, versatile equipment that can work indoors and outdoors, including on rough terrain.
Both the S-60 DC and the S-60 FE can be used indoors and outdoors, and can deliver a full day of 100% electric, four-wheel drive performance on a single battery charge. With Genie’s “no compromises” hybrid technology, the S-60 FE can also work more than one week on a single tank of fuel. Additionally, the FE boom’s intelligent control system keeps the batteries charged and machine ready to work by using both regenerative braking technology and automatic engine start and stop. By charging the batteries while the boom works, the S-60 FE can help jobsites eliminate downtime caused by plug-in charging.
“This is a boom lift that rental companies can make money with because it solves multiple end user needs with a single machine, contributing to a 10% higher utilisation rate,” Gentile said.
The S-60 DC model offers a low weight of 7,983kg (17,600 lb) and quiet operation for end users looking for a powerful, all-electric boom.
The FE version weighs 8,051kg (17,750 lb), just slightly more than the DC version, making either boom ideal for applications where floor loading must be managed.
At the same time, high-efficiency AC drive motors on all four wheels provide similar torque as hydraulic drive motors while using 30%-40% less energy. Four-wheel drive plus electronic traction management and active oscillating axles enable 6.44km/h (4mph) drive speed and 45% gradeability in rough terrain.
“That flexibility means the S-60 DC or S-60 FE can be the first machine on the job, working through to project completion,” Gentile explains. “And, because the S-60 DC and S-60 FE save time and money on the jobsite, end users benefit from cost savings while equipment owners can also realise increased returns on their equipment investment.”
A DPF-free Stage V engine eliminates the need for after-treatment or low-sulphur fuel, reducing the time and expense of maintenance and repairs while offering instant performance.
The S-60 DC and S-60 FE have 70% fewer hydraulic components in the drive chassis than comparable booms in the market using hydraulic systems, claims Genie, therefore maintenance costs are reduced by 10%, and less time is spent servicing equipment in the field.
Features of the S-60 DC/FE include maximum platform height of 18.6m (61ft, 2in), maximum working height of 20.6m (67ft, 2in) and a maximum outreach of 12.3m (40ft, 6in). Unrestricted platform capacity of 300kg (660lb) on a 1.83m (6 ft) jib delivers a 130-degree working range.
A wide range of options and accessories increase the versatility of the S-60 DC or FE for rental applications. The boom lift can be configured with either of two platform configurations. A 2.44m (8ft) three-entry with side swing gate is standard, while a 1.83m (6ft) dual entry with side swing gate is optional. Genie Lift Guard half and full mesh platform panels, air line and power to platform, work lights, and other accessories are available. In addition, hostile environment kits or cold weather packages are useful for specific applications.
Around 70% of Genie’s product line-up uses all-electric or hybrid technology — a number that is likely to continue to grow, says the company. They also complementboom lift product line-up, which includes the S-60 J, desigen to be a simple, versaltile machine and the S-65 XC (Xtra Capacity) range for heavy lifting applications with dual-envelope capacities.