Snorkel starts full production of five Lithium-powered rough terrain scissor lifts

Models offer zero emission rough terrain solution with performance equivalent to diesel equivalents

Access equipment major Snorkel has announced the commencement of full production on five lithium-ion battery powered compact rough terrain scissor lift models.

Available for delivery globally, the range includes lithium-ion battery versions of two narrow width units, the S2255RTE and S2755RTE, as well as three standard width units, the S2770RTE, S3370RTE and S3970RTE. According to Snorkel, these scissor lifts are designed to offer “a true zero emission rough terrain solution, without compromising on the reliability and four-wheel drive capabilities” of the diesel equivalents.

The five new ‘RTE’ electric rough terrain scissor lifts are now in production in Snorkel’s assembly facilities in the UK and New Zealand, and expand Snorkel’s lithium-powered range of zero emission rough terrain aerial lifts and telehandlers to a total of eight models. They join the Snorkel SL26RTE and SL30RTE electric Speed Levels launched in 2019, and the Snorkel SR5719E/SR626E electric compact rough terrain telehandler launched last year.

The five new scissor lifts are equipped with maintenance-free lithium-ion battery packs with built-in battery management systems (BMS), which last up to 20-times longer than lead acid batteries. Suitable for most environments, the lithium-ion battery packs have been tested in climatic chambers between -77°F (-25°C) and +140°F (+60°C). These Snorkel models are offered as standard with two 5.75kWh lithium battery packs and can be optioned with an additional 5.75kWh battery pack for extended range for very heavy use applications or where long-distance driving is required.

The electric motor also delivers up to 62% less jobsite noise than the diesel equivalent, enabling the lifts to be used indoors or in work environments with noise regulations, and with no engine fan, dust generation is reduced for safer and cleaner operation in low emission zones and green cities. With minimal battery and electrical system maintenance required, servicing costs are reduced by up to 93% when compared to an engine, while also eliminating the costs and risks of waste oil and filter disposal.

Matthew Elvin, CEO, Snorkel, said: “We are delighted to extend our proven lithium-ion battery solution to these five popular compact rough terrain scissor lift models. Within the past two years, we have developed and fully released eight electric zero emission models with four-wheel drive capabilities, with more to come. We understand that our customers need robust, reliable and easily adopted products that help them achieve their net zero goals without compromising on performance, and are proud to offer these innovative lifts which deliver on all fronts.”


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