3-wheel electric counterbalance forklift
Electric counterbalance trucks combine pure strength with the advantages of no-emission, low noise polution and sensitive driving characteristics. EP Equipment offers a wide range of electric counterbalance trucks for every application.
Electric counter balance trucks
Counter balance trucks are the traditional fork lift trucks, the multi-purpose-one-size-fits-all tool in the company. They can handle any pallet and with specific fork lift attachment they can handle any loads. EP Equipment produces 3 wheel fork lift, 4 wheel fork lift, LPG truck, diesel truck, electric truck and walkie counter balance truck.
Why do I buy an electric truck?
Electric forklift trucks are the ideal work horse. Flexible to handle any load, running to the lowest possible costs. After a whole day of work, fuel up with electricity for the price of just 2 liters of fuel. 80% savings on energy costs compared to diesel trucks. Within one year the additional cost of an electric truck can be break even.
Furthermore, no exhaust gases and always stand by. Just push the pedal and start working. No engine problems when using for short shifts, lowest running costs when using longer hours.
Generally electric trucks might seem more complex. In reality there is much less moving parts compared to an IC engine and maintenance need is much lower. Repairs might seem more complex. EP keeps it simple: All our trucks are ‘open source software’ controlled with Zapi controllers. Any technician can do maintenance and repairs or change the drive parameters of this truck.
What are the different types of electric fork lift trucks?
Rear wheel drive trucks are compact and simple, easy to use. They are suitable for the indoor applications.
Front wheel drive trucks are powered on the front wheels, where the pressure of the load is. Therefore, optimum traction and power when you need it. Can be used on inclinations and more slippery floors.
Single drive trucks have the drive train like a diesel truck, just with an electric motor instead of an IC motor. With dual drive you have the benefit of a smaller turning cycle and a lower seating position. Dual drive in general also offers a higher performance.
What about the batteries?
In the mind of many people the traction battery is more expensive then the truck itself. Luckily that’s not totally the case. Nevertheless, the battery is a substantial investment and therefore, it provides 5 years long a cheap source of energy. Full fuel up for only $5.
The lead acid battery needs a charging time of 8-12 hours. For continuous operations we provide 2 batteries with 1 truck and side battery change with a roller bed.
How to choose the right truck?
For the indoor application in narrow space the small rear wheel drive 3 wheel fork lift trucks is the truck of choice. The most compact forklifts have a working aisle of under 3m.
For forklifts in outdoor applications on more uneven surfaces or for heavy loads the 4 wheel fork lift truck is preferred.
Stability of forklifts when lifting is not so much the issue, both 3 wheel trucks and 4 wheel trucks have the same stability. 4 wheel trucks are just more up to rough handling when loading and unloading lorries or when working on uneven roads.
Additional to the common trucks listed above, EP has a unique range of models:
TVE: A super-compact model, fits through a door. To work in the narrowest environment with 500-1500kg capacity.
TVS: Super compact stand-in counter balance trucks, on rubber tires for use on uneven floors or outdoor and just 3m working aisle.
Counter balance walkie trucks: The concept of a counter balance truck, with the chassis of a stacker. Standard FEM fork carriage with forks can lift any load. The main benefit is that you don’t need a driver’s license.
If you need help to find the right truck for your need, please contact the EP support team or your local dealer to find out more about the different specifications of our machines.