Toyota updates electric forklift

Toyota Material Handling says its new model includes improved ergonomics, controls, programming and diagnostics.

One person operates a forklift while another watches inside a facility
Toyota Material Handling has added more than 30 new features to its 3-Wheel Electric Forklift.
Photo courtesy of Toyota Material Handling

Toyota Material Handling (TMH), a leading North American manufacturer of forklifts and warehousing solutions based in Columbus, Indiana, has launched an updated version of the Toyota 3-Wheel Electric Forklift. The new mode raises the standard on innovation and versatility with more than 30 advances, including improved ergonomics, operator assist features and onboard programming and diagnostics.

“The current Toyota 3-Wheel forklift is already a fantastic [machine], and with new features and options, we believe it can solve our customers’ evolving problems and continue to be the forklift of choice for a wide variety of warehousing applications,” TMH Senior Vice President of Operations, Engineering and Strategic Planning Tony Miller says. “The enhancements to the 3-Wheel Forklift will enable operators to be even more productive over the life of the vehicle with a lower cost of ownership.”

Smooth, responsive controls are part of the improved ergonomics that make operating the forklift easier. The 4.3-inch high-resolution display gives the operator access to controls and information in an easy-to-read format. The full-suspension seat is wider with no hip restraints and is weight adjustable for greater operator comfort. The EZ Fingertip Control option allows each function to be operated with a single finger or thumb, minimizing unnecessary movement. Operators will appreciate the optional rear-assist grip with a horn that makes reverse travel more comfortable.

The new forklift also features 100-percent onboard programming and diagnostics, allowing application-specific fine-tuning and faster service for reliable performance. Other operating improvements include wet disc brakes that seal out debris and keep brakes cool. The auto parking brake automatically applies anytime the forklift is turned off or the operator leaves the seat. It enhances operator control by being turned off with the quick push of a button.

Automatic Mast Control (AMC) responds automatically to enhance the stability of loads, and the mast cushioning feature reduces wear and tear on the mast. The base features include 3,000- to 4,000-pound capacity, an AC drive motor and industry-leading travel times.

Energy-efficient improvements offer 40 percent longer run time on a single charge. A slope-sensing auto power mode automatically switches power mode to maintain speed while traveling up a slope. An optional Toyota lithium-Ion battery minimizes maintenance costs and downtime for improved productivity.

The updated Toyota 3-Wheel Electric Forklift offers the optional SEnS+ pedestrian detection technology feature—part of the Toyota Assist portfolio of operator enhancements that passively or actively assist customers with operability, productivity and situational awareness.  
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