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Genie launches hybrid and electric booms


Genie is expanding its boom offerings to include the industry’s first hybrid telescopic boom and lightweight, electric, telescopic boom lift in the 60ft (18m) height class.

With a 20.6m (67ft, 2in) working height and an 18.6m (61ft, 2in) platform height, the Genie S-60 DC and S-60 FE boom lifts build on Genie’s 100% electric DC and hybrid FE technology.

Deliveries to customers in EMEAI (Europe, Middle East, Africa and India) will start in the third quarter of 2022. The models will be available in North America and the rest of the world in 2023.

Modern jobsites demand rugged, reliable, high-performance equipment that is also quiet, clean, efficient. The new Genie S-60 DC and S-60 FE telescopic boom lifts meet those needs with a versatile boom that has a best-in-class jib length and delivers the quality, reliability and lower total cost of ownership that equipment owners are looking for.

The launch of the two units follows increasing demand on large jobsites for clean, quiet, versatile equipment that can work indoors and outdoors, including on rough terrain.

Both the S-60 DC and the S-60 FE can be used indoors and outdoors, and can deliver a full day of 100% electric, four-wheel drive performance on a single battery charge. With Genie’s “no compromises” hybrid technology, the S-60 FE can also work more than one week on a single tank of fuel. Additionally, the FE boom’s intelligent control system keeps the batteries charged and machine ready to work by using both regenerative braking technology and automatic engine start and stop. By charging the batteries while the boom works, the S-60 FE can help jobsites eliminate downtime caused by plug-in charging.

This is a boom lift that rental companies can make money with because it solves multiple end user needs with a single machine, contributing to a 10% higher utilisation rate.

Power gains

The S-60 DC model offers a low weight of 7,983kg (17,600 lb) and quiet operation for end users looking for a powerful, all-electric boom.

The FE version weighs 8,051kg (17,750 lb), just slightly more than the DC version, making either boom ideal for applications where floor loading must be managed.

At the same time, high-efficiency AC drive motors on all four wheels provide similar torque as hydraulic drive motors while using 30%-40% less energy. Four-wheel drive plus electronic traction management and active oscillating axles enable 6.44km/h (4mph) drive speed and 45% gradeability in rough terrain.

That flexibility means the S-60 DC or S-60 FE can be the first machine on the job, working through to project completion,” Gentile explains. “And, because the S-60 DC and S-60 FE save time and money on the jobsite, end users benefit from cost savings while equipment owners can also realise increased returns on their equipment investment.

Reduced maintenance

A DPF-free Stage V engine eliminates the need for after-treatment or low-sulphur fuel, reducing the time and expense of maintenance and repairs while offering instant performance.

The S-60 DC and S-60 FE have 70% fewer hydraulic components in the drive chassis than comparable booms in the market using hydraulic systems, claims Genie, therefore maintenance costs are reduced by 10%, and less time is spent servicing equipment in the field.

Key Specifications

Features of the S-60 DC/FE include maximum platform height of 18.6m (61ft, 2in), maximum working height of 20.6m (67ft, 2in) and a maximum outreach of 12.3m (40ft, 6in). Unrestricted platform capacity of 300kg (660lb) on a 1.83m (6 ft) jib delivers a 130-degree working range.

A wide range of options and accessories increase the versatility of the S-60 DC or FE for rental applications. The boom lift can be configured with either of two platform configurations. A 2.44m (8ft) three-entry with side swing gate is standard, while a 1.83m (6ft) dual entry with side swing gate is optional. Genie Lift Guard half and full mesh platform panels, air line and power to platform, work lights, and other accessories are available. In addition, hostile environment kits or cold weather packages are useful for specific applications.

Around 70% of Genie’s product line-up uses all-electric or hybrid technology — a number that is likely to continue to grow, says the company. They also complement boom lift product line-up, which includes the S-60 J, design to be a simple, versatile machine and the S-65 XC (Xtra Capacity) range for heavy lifting applications with dual-envelope capacities.




JK Tyre plans to reduce 65 per cent raw water usage by 2025

JK Tyre & Industries Ltd plans to reduce its raw water usage for manufacturing processes across all its plants in India by over 65 per cent from the base year of 2013-14 by 2025. As part of a strategy to reduce its environmental footprint and also help mitigate business risks, the company said by the financial year 2024-25, it will replace 50 per cent of its coal usage with biomass.As an outcome of systematic initiatives over the last five years, the company claimed that it has emerged as “a global benchmark for the lowest raw water use per kg of tyre manufactured”.

Besides water, the company said coal is another aspect that it has huge plans for.

By the financial year 2024-25, JK Tyre said it will replace 50 per cent of its coal usage with biomass.

JK Tyre has a total of 12 manufacturing facilities with 9 in India and 3 in Mexico that collectively produce around 35 million tyres annually.



Niftylift is introducing two new low weight all-electric boom lifts, the HeightRider 15E (HR15E) and HeightRider 17E (HR17E).

 The new HR15E and HR17E can lift two people and their tools to working heights of 15.7m and 17.2m, respectively, or a working outreach of 9.4m.

The HR15E will make its debut next week at the Vertikal Days exhibtion in the UK.

With both machines weighing less than 5 tonnes, they combine weight and space-saving design with a minimum turning circle to enhance manoeuvrability and reduce transportation costs.

Their 180° rotating cage and fly boom, coupled with fully proportional multi-function controls deliver precision when positioning the cage.

Battery system

The installed batteries will last four times as long as standard battery-powered machines due to an efficient battery power system with an all-electric drive. This means, says the company, they can do considerably more work on a single charge while at the same time reducing running costs. Together with non-marking tyres as standard, the HR15E and HR17E are designed to be very versatile.

They are also designed to work inside or out but are particularly effective in locations where emissions or noise need to be limited, added the company.

The models both incorporate Niftylift’s ToughCage and SiOPS protection, eliminating sustained involuntary operation by instantly stopping machine movement if the operator is pushed onto the control console.

SDC Rating

The HR15E and HR17E booms utilise an advanced battery power system designed with an efficient all-electric drive that allows the batteries to work for significantly longer. Niftylift measures machine operation in Standard Duty Cycles (SDC Rating), with the units achieving an SDC Rating of 66 - at an ambient temperature of 25°C.

According to Niftylift, the industry standard SDC Rating for a typical working day is 16, which means they can potentially offer over four days of operation on a single charge.

Maintenance-free batteries

The units come with AGM maintenance-free batteries as standard and a full monitoring and protection system that monitors battery voltage, DC current in and out, and battery temperature. The system stops batteries from being discharged to less than 20% of full charge, preventing battery damage that can be caused by excessive deep battery discharge, with no performance loss.


The models include onboard diagnostics screens at both base and cage, giving owners and operators more information than before to help identify faults and assist with maintenance activities.

Delivered via a web-based management portal and smartphone app, Niftylink is Niftylift’s new digital analytics tool that provides data insights on machine health, activity and location.

With over 70 parameters of machine data, Niftylink offers a greater understanding, says the manufacturer, of machine usage, performance and lifecycle, helping to maximise efficiency and improve profitability.

Niftylink remotely diagnoses machine issues and offers resolutions, increasing machine uptime, adds Niftylift. It also ensures owners have complete control and oversight over their entire fleet.





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Launch of electric construction equipment accelerates in 2022

The number of electric construction equipment products on the market is increasing steadily with almost half of 2022 launches being electric and as many as 140 non-combustion machines introduced in the past 14 months, according to an analysis by KHL Group. In 2022 so far, 860 machines have been updated or added to the online equipment sourcing guides maintained by KHL, around 75 of which are entirely new products. Of these, 36 are electrically powered. The analysis comes from the four online databases produced by KHL: Construction Sourcing Guide, D&RI Buyers Guide, Access Buyers Guide and World Crane Guide. These cover earthmoving equipment, roadbuilding, compaction, cranes, demolition and aerial platforms. Aerial platforms make up a sizeable proportion of the new electric products – many scissor lifts and smaller booms have historically been battery powered – but there have been electric introductions throughout the product categories. An analysis of launches over the past 14 months suggests that, overall, between 5% and 6% of new machines (excluding aerial platforms) are electric.

Earthmoving category

In earthmoving, the categories with the highest proportion of electric models are tracked excavators, wheeled loaders (including compact models) and tracked loaders, followed by site dumpers and backhoe loaders.

The shift to electric is clear also in roadbuilding equipment, where more than 20% of new single and tandem rollers were powered by batteries. A fifth of new mobile crushers were also electric.

In the cranes sector, the products most likely to be electrified were crawler and industrial cranes.

More than 32,500 products are contained in the four online directories. The four directories are constantly being updated and expanded.


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