Deutz Partners with Manitou on Electric, Hybrid Telehandler Prototypes

Deutz AG teamed up with Manitou Group to outfit two telehandler prototypes with electric drive lines.

The keys for the first prototypes—one with a hybrid drive, the other full-electric—were handed over as part of the Deutz Electrip Event Week, held Sept. 15-21 in Cologne, Germany.

The full-electric Manitou MT 1135 telehandler is equipped with a 360-volt vehicle power supply and a 60-kW electric motor. The battery, with a 30-kWh capacity, ensures that the required level of energy is delivered. The MT 1335 usually comes with a 75-kW Deutz TCD 3.6 diesel engine.

For the hybrid prototype, the diesel engine has been replaced by a Deutz TCD 2.2, which generates 55 kW, plus a 20-kW electric motor. The electric system is provided with a 48-volt system voltage.

 “It is the first full electric construction telehandler prototype that we realized thanks to Deutz, and we are proud to work in this explorative phase with a confident supplier,” said Michel Denis, president and CEO of Manitou Group. “The integration of electric drives into our telehandlers is very encouraging for the future. Deutz has rapidly assumed a pioneering role in the field of electrification; it has the necessary expertise and knows our applications’ special requirements. This telehandler enables Manitou to enhance our existing hybrid and electric ranges. Innovation is really a part of Manitou Group’s DNA, and electrification allows us to match our CSR approach and our customers’ expectations.”

Manitou Group is the first partner in the E-Deutz strategy, which provides a modular product portfolio for electric drives, allowing customers to choose the combination of combustion engine, electric motor, battery, and power electronics best suited to their needs. A purely electric drive system is also available on request.

The aim is to achieve a significant increase in efficiency, which will reduce overall running costs, fuel consumption, and emissions in equal measure.

“We initiated our E-Deutz strategy last autumn,” said Dr. Frank Hiller, chairman of the Deutz AG board of management. “So we are now very proud to be carrying out the next step of electrification with Manitou Group. These joint studies reinforce our belief that we can provide the market with the right solutions and to position ourselves as the market leader for innovative drive systems.”

At this time, Manitou Group says there is no forecasted launch of the prototypes to go into production.

For more information, visit www.deutz.com and www.manitou-group.com.