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Hiab Launches Second-Generation Electric PTO

Oct. 12, 2022 - Hiab, part of Cargotec, has launched Hiab ePTO 44, a second-generation electric power take-off that provides emission-free power to loader cranes.

The second-generation ePTO plug-in system weighs less yet offers more power and longer battery life than its predecessor.

It is an emission-free alternative to drawing power from a vehicle’s engine.

The ePTO’s electric power lets a crane operator work with the vehicle engine switched off – quietly, and free from exhaust fumes.

Compared to diesel alternatives, electricity reduces energy costs by up to 90% and the ePTO 44 offers greater energy efficiency, as it only delivers the energy needed to move the crane. No energy is lost when idling.

Eliminating needless idling also reduces the rate at which the vehicle accumulates operating hours.

The ePTO setup consists of a battery, an electric motor, a hydraulic pump, and a smart electronic control system, which is packaged on the truck chassis. The status of the ePTO 44 is visible in the crane’s CombiDrive4 remote control or on a display mounted on the crane.

It is easy to use the ePTO 44 with any Hiab HiPro loader crane. The crane capacity is the same, and the trusted Hiab operational response is even better. When the crane is not in use, the electric pump is automatically switched off to save energy and battery capacity, and the ePTO 44 starts up again when the crane control lever is moved.

The crane is virtually silent, enabling safe communication and an improved working environment for operators.

According to a delivery driver at the UK timber and builders’ merchant Lawsons: “From an operator’s point of view, using the crane is far less tiring. We’re not fatigued because we’re not working with the constant drone of the truck’s engine running all the time when we’re unloading. After a 10-hour shift, you really notice the noise difference. Working with the ePTO makes our environment a happier place.”

Working areas can also be extended due to zero emissions at the point of use, so the crane can be operated in emission-restricted zones, such as indoors, in tunnels, in urban areas, in early morning or nighttime deliveries, or other areas where noise is a concern.

Overall, the fully integrated ePTO 44 for Hiab cranes offers excellent drivability for a superior operator experience, while still offering the same lifting capacity as a conventional crane, all with fewer emissions.

Mattias Berglund, director, global product management, special applications and digital products, Hiab, said: “The new ePTO 44 raises the standard for battery-operated crane operation. The weight has been reduced and the power has been increased to provide greater, more sustainable loader crane performance while providing a safer and more comfortable working environment. All at a more competitive price.”


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