Hyundai upgrades 3- and 4-wheel E-forklifts to the next level: significantly improved efficiency, consumption and ergonomics

hyundai material handling 20bt-9u in warehouse spotlight

Hyundai Material Handling has thoroughly re-engineered the very successful U series of its electrically driven 3- and 4-wheel forklifts. The further development focuses on comfort, performance, and reduced energy consumption.

The 3-wheel forklifts 15BT-9U / 18BT-9U and 20BT-9U in the load capacity range from 1,500 to 2,000 kg are ready for the world market with their high-performance components. New features include the Zapi controllers of the ACE series, the Schabmüller drive motors, and the low-noise ZF drive train. The new motors are also more powerful (drive motors 2 x 5.4 kW, lifting motor 14.9kW). The Zapi ACE controllers, with IP65 protection, are taking care of the improved and more gentle control of the motors. 

The electrical steering – using energy only when the steering wheel is operated, reduces energy consumption by up to 33%. The steering feedback control is proportional to the travel speed which ensures safe and comfortable travelling up to 16 km/h. Another excellent new feature is the auto parking function which enables the electromagnetic brakes as soon as the accelerator pedal is being released. This safety feature prevents the truck from rolling backwards on gradients and ramps when idle.

15BT-9U batteries from 525 Ah up to 602 Ah (Li Ion 376 Ah)
18BT-9U & 20BT-9U batteries from 625 Ah to 750 Ah (Li Ion 470 Ah)

The 4.3-inch touch screen dashboard is anti-glare and it is easy to access. At a glance, the driver gets an overall view of the truck status. Three predefined drive modes can be selected according to the driver’s preferences. Easy troubleshooting thanks to the diagnostic tool which displays an error code on the display guiding the engineer where needed. The OPSS-System (Operator Presence Sensing System) is another safety feature that disables all hydraulic and driving functions when the operator is not seated.

For all 3-wheel forklifts Hyundai Material Handling offers Li-ION batteries with NMC technology. The new -9U series are standard Li-ION ready, meaning that these are configured to operate either with lead-acid or with Li-ION batteries. The new -9U series trucks can lift to 7.000 mm lifting height.

The 4-wheel forklift models (25B-9U, 30B-9U and 35B-9U) covers load range from 2,500 to 3,500 kg at 500 mm load center. These high-performance 48V machines are equipped with electro-hydraulic servo steering, saving up to 17% of energy. New low-noise hydraulic pumps are another feature for better performance and less energy consumption. The 25B-9U is powered by a 720 Ah/48 V battery. The larger machines have 810-900 Ah batteries. For these 4-wheel models, Li-ION batteries of 564 Ah capacity (NMC technology) is available.

All trucks come standard a side battery removal, yet top loading is also available. All forklifts can be supplied with heated cabs, including single and/or double doors.