Toyota's Geneo-Hybrid internal combustion hybrid lift truck reduces fuel consumption and emissions by 50%

Toyota Industries Corporation will launch an internal combustion hybrid lift truck. The 8,000-pound Geneo-Hybrid counterbalanced lift truck combines a 2.5-liter diesel engine, electric motor and nickel-metal hydride battery to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 50%.

The Geneo-Hybrid features a series hybrid system for driving and a parallel hybrid system for load handling. With the series hybrid system, the lift truck’s drive motor runs on electric energy from the engine-powered generator and battery. Load handling functions are powered by a parallel hybrid system with a hydraulic pump that receives mechanical energy from the diesel engine and generator, and electric energy from the battery. The nickel hydride battery is recharged by the engine’s operation and does not require plug-in recharging. The truck’s power efficiency is further boosted by the integrated use of regenerated energy recovered when the accelerator is released and during switch back operation.

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