Toyota's hybrid concept lift truck shifts automatically between battery and engine mode

Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. Inc. will debut its hybrid concept lift truck to North America at ProMat 2009 in Chicago, Ill. The concept lift truck, which utilizes much of the Toyota hybrid technology used in the Toyota Prius, was developed by Toyota Industries Corporation, in cooperation with Toyota Motor Corporation. It illustrates the company’s proven fuel and emission reducing technology and its application to the material-handling industry.

The Toyota hybrid concept lift truck combines the best of electric and internal combustion technology, taking advantage of the strengths of each power source. It draws upon the engineering of the Toyota Prius, with more than 1 million units distributed worldwide, and combines an IC engine, electric generator and battery in a design that allows the engine to operate with optimum fuel and emissions efficiency. The lift truck shifts automatically between battery and engine mode, simultaneously recharging the battery during operation.

In addition to the hybrid lift truck, Toyota is exploring a range of technologies using existing fuels and alternative energy sources to meet evolving industry needs today and well into the future.

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