As European cities implement increasingly strict environmental regulations limiting the use of vehicle-mounted platforms in cities, the access industry experiences an increased demand for hybrid and full electric platform vehicles. Acknowledging this demand, Versalift is now ready with the first ever VTL with hybrid drive.
At the Ruthmann stand at Platformers’ Days, Versalift is presenting the Versalift VTL-145-F hybrid on a 3.5 t Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van with a working height of 14.6 metres, a load-dependent outreach of up to 8.6 metres and a bucket capacity of 230 kg. The vehicle is powered by its conventional diesel engine, while the hybrid platform is powered either by the vehicle’s engine via PTO or by 100% electric drive using an electric motor, a separate hydraulic pump and an on-board lithium-ion battery pack. Using the electric option, the platform is capable of operating with the vehicle’s engine turned off for clean and silent operation. The battery pack has a capacity of a full days use, recharges overnight or in approximately four hours, and still leaves plenty of leftover payload for tools, equipment and van interior.