Genie Unveils Fuel-Electric Hybrid Z-60/37FE Boom Lift

In response to growing worldwide demand for high-performance, low-emission aerial work platforms, Terex AWP introduces a new fuel-electric Genie Z-boom lift.

The new articulating Genie Z-60/37FE boom offers operators two machines in one package for indoor and outdoor applications, while providing lower cost of operation and cleaner performance.

Driven by high-efficiency AC motors, this new fuel-efficient model combines the benefits of advanced diesel power, four-wheel drive performance and the cleaner, quieter efficiency of compact, low weight electric-powered booms.

The new Genie Z-60/37FE boom lift provides the choice of two modes of operation: “Full-electric,” which delivers full-day, emission-free performance on a single charge, or “hybrid” mode, which provides more than a week of run time from a single tank of diesel fuel — an excellent solution for jobsite conditions that demand higher performance and productivity.

In hybrid mode, the machine uses its environmentally-friendly 24-hp Tier 4/ Stage IIIB Final diesel-powered generator to maintain the battery charge or to supplement the battery power to get a boost in machine performance.

To keep productivity high and maintenance costs low, its engine-powered generator continuously monitors the state of the batteries, keeps them charged up for maximum run time, and then automatically shuts off to minimize fuel consumption.

For extreme usage conditions or after heavy full-electric operation, the hybrid power system can provide a bulk charge in about four hours. The hybrid system can also provide power directly to the four AC-driven wheel motors, allowing the system to combine the power of the diesel-driven generator and the 48V DC battery pack for maximum performance when climbing hills and taking on the most rugged terrain.

“The Genie Z-60/37FE boom is a revolutionary new approach to our mid-size Z-boom family, and it adapts to our customers’ evolving needs for high performance, high efficiency, and low emissions.

On long-term jobs, even when on-site power is not available, this versatile lift can handle multiple tasks ranging from work on rough and unprepared ground to indoor applications where reduced noise and emission levels are necessary, according to Adam Hailey, product manager, Terex AWP. “This model is an extremely cost-efficient solution designed to provide high rental returns for general construction and industrial applications, such as sports arenas, shopping malls and convention centers,” he says.

“Combining the robust quality and rough terrain performance that have made our Genie Z-62/40 and S-60 boom lifts so popular,” continues Hailey. “Our new Genie Z-60/37FE boom also offers the advantage of being sufficiently light weight and compact to handle tasks in confined spaces. It is equipped as standard with foamed-filled, all-terrain tires or optional foam-filled, non-marking all-terrain tires, which add to the machine’s outdoor and indoor versatility. As a result, this new unit is just the kind of machine to be the first on the jobsite and the last off — exactly what rental customers are looking for to improve their profitability.”

As part of its rugged ability to go anywhere, this rugged four-wheel drive machine can climb a 45% grade, has 1'1" ground clearance, and can travel 25% faster than typical diesel-powered units. Operators will also appreciate its full-time active oscillating axles that increase wheel contact on irregular terrain, and its fully sealed AC motors that can operate even while submerged in 3 ft. of water.

The Genie Z-60/37FE provides 66 ft. of working height, 36'7" of horizontal reach, and 24'3" of up-and-over clearance. It comes standard with a 5-ft. jib that articulates 70° up and 65° down, and a platform that rotates 160° side to side. Together, the jib's vertical articulation and the platform's horizontal rotation let the operator maneuver the platform into the best position for any job.

The Z-60/37FE's narrow footprint and short 23-in. tail swing make it ideal for work in tight spaces. The platform comes in 6-ft or 8-ft. models, each with 500-lb., two-person capacity throughout the entire working envelope. Both platforms offer a side-entry swing gate and a front sliding midrail entry as standard. The 8-ft. platform comes with an additional sliding midrail entry on the side opposite from the gate, for a total of three entry points.

For extra productivity, this articulating boom lift features the Genie FastMast system that enables the boom to be moved from full height to below grade and back, shortening ground-to-top lifting time with the use of just one boom control.

Among other features common to all Genie booms, the Z-60/37FE combines the time-saving benefits of full-height drive and a dual-parallelogram boom linkage that lets operators track straight up and down vertical walls by simply raising or lowering the secondary boom (riser).

An overall weight of just 17,100 lbs. and overall stowed length of just 26'9" make the fuel-electric Genie Z-60/37FE easy to transport on a standard truck.

The new Genie Z-60/37FE articulating boom is available globally.

[Editor's note: The January-February, 2016, edition of Lift and Access reviewed Genies all-electric Z-60/37DC articulating boom lift, which shares many components with the new Z-60/37FE described above. To read that review, click here.]