Hybrid telehandler wins gold medal at Agritechnica

By: Carene Chong

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Merlo’s new 40.7 Hybrid telescopic handler has won the company an innovation excellence award at the world’s biggest agricultural trade fair – Agritechnica.

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The Merlo Hybrid 40.7 was chosen among 400 innovations that were submitted and came on top due to its green features and practical application.

Merlo will be exhibiting the new machine at its stand over the five days of Agritechnica which is running from November 12-16.

In light of climate change issues and to address future challenges in the agriculture industry, Merlo has created the 40.7 Hybrid with a diesel-electro hydraulic hybrid system which allows the telehandler to run on either full electric or hybrid mode.

Because of its unique system, the telehandler can be used both indoors and outdoors for a wide range of applications.

According to Merlo, the advantages of the Merlo 40.7 Hybrid are:

  • 30 per cent less fuel consumption compared to conventional Merlo machines
  • Reduced noise emissions
  • Reduced pollution
  • Guaranteed performance level of Merlo products

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The Hybrid is equipped with a diesel engine with less than 56kW and does not require any installation of a urea system, therefore allowing the machine to work in full electric mode for indoor operations.

On Eco mode, the machine can operate for four hours while a full electric mode allows the machine to operate for two hours.

Noise emissions are significantly lower in the hybrid mode, because the diesel engine runs at low rpm. Furthermore, noise emissions in the full electric mode are close to zero.

Pollution is reduced due to a smaller engine working at a steady rpm for work stages which specific fuel consumption is low.

The batteries in the machine can be recharged from either the mains or local solar panel energy network installed by the end user.

Merlo says repeated tests, performed both on test benches and on a test track, have proved that operation in the full electric mode guarantees the traction and lifting performance required which allows the vehicle to be used indoors with autonomy of a few hours depending on the type of application.

The Merlo 40.7 Hybrid is expected to hit Australian shores in the third quarter of 2014, depending on demand.

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