Game changer in electric vs IC
05 February 2015
Looking for a fork lift truck that is guaranteed to improve your performance levels and, at the same time, reduce your costs? Look no further. The latest generation of electric counterbalance trucks from Mitsubishi has been developed to excel in typical IC engine applications… as well as outperform its electric counterparts.
According to Stewart Gosling of Red Diamond Distribution, UK importers for Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks "Traditionally, truck users felt obliged to buy engine machines, because electric alternatives – though cheaper and cleaner to run – did not offer comparable performance. However, the new Mitsubishi EDiA range of electrics has changed the game completely by delivering higher performance – including acceleration and maximum travel and lift speeds – than most engine models. At the same time, every performance parameter can be quickly tailored to the precise needs of the individual operator… and the application.”
Part of that improved performance is unique to the Mitsubishi EDiA EX. The revolutionary SDS (Sensitive Drive System) employs groundbreaking software that allows the truck to sense – from the very first touch – exactly how a driver wishes to operate and then automatically adjusts the machine’s reactions and performance to match the individual operator along with the application.
If that weren’t enough, Mistubishi has added another remarkable new feature: ICS (Intelligent Cornering System) which prevents dangerously fast cornering. Sensing the angle of a turn, speed is dynamically reduced at the start of and throughout the turn (rather than in the midst of it as other systems do) for smoother, safer and more consistent cornering than any rival.
The result is truck that delivers the most predictable and intuitive performance ever.
Acknowledged as this most manoeuvrable truck in its class, the EDiA EX turns within its own dimensions. This is achieved because the rear (steer) wheels turn by a massive 100°, while the front, counter-rotating twin drive motors act independently – delivering incredibly agile, four-wheel steering. (Indeed, the EX is unique in that it could actually be manoeuvred – with pin-point accuracy – using the drive wheels alone). Moreover, unlike other trucks, there is no initial 'push' at the rear corners of the truck when setting off under lock… thereby helping eliminate stock damage in tight aisles.
An added benefit is exceptional traction on almost any industrial surface, without the wheel-spin associated with IC engine trucks (and the resultant cost for replacing tyres.)
That go-anywhere performance has been further enhanced by waterproofing to IPX4 as standard - so the EDiA will work even in heavy rain or in environments that require hosing down at the end of a shift. As an added protection, the EDiA EX range also uses completely sealed wet-disk brakes for maximum durability.
Nothing if not versatile, this new breed of electric forklifts ideally matches the multi-faceted requirements of users of one or two trucks, such as small warehouses –
performing equally as well outdoors as a yard truck and indoors, where the towering 7m lift and tight turning circle of a truck like EDiA EX means it can easily undertake the duties of a reach truck.
Switching to the Mitsubishi EDiA EX will immediately reduce your carbon footprint by eliminating the emissions, dust and noise issues associated with IC engine trucks. This is not only healthier for your employees, but also helps to keep sensitive products like food, beverages, pharmaceuticals etc from becoming tainted –with cleanliness further enhanced through the use of sealed brakes which cut-out potentially hazardous brake dust.
But in the final analysis, deciding whether to switch to the EDiA EX will invariably come down to cost… and here the Mitsubishi truck excels once again by easily outperforming comparable LPG or diesel trucks. Although the initial purchase may be slightly higher, over a 5 year rental contract in a demanding environment, lower fuel and maintenance costs will result in an overall saving in the region of 25% when compared with IC equivalents... in cash terms, that typically equates to a potential; saving of £13,000 per machine. Game over!