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New range of compact electric forklifts launched by Toyota Material Handling

Toyota Material Handling has launched a new range of compact electric forklifts with three new models offering capacities of 2.0 tonnes, 2.5 tonnes and 3.0 tonnes. Cushion solid tyres provide excellent stability on a compact chassis.

Designed for all indoor materials handling applications, from food and beverage to general manufacturing, warehousing and distribution centres, Toyota electric 8FBCU models provide better performance than their predecessors thanks to higher drive and lifting speeds. "Like all Toyota forklifts, they offer excellent value in the areas of safety, productivity and performance," says Dave Rylance, product manager for counterbalance at Toyota Material Handling UK. "The main advantage of the 8FBCU is their compact size, allowing use in smaller work spaces
than conventional forklifts".

Toyota SAS supporting safety
Every 8FBCU counterbalance model features the Toyota System of Active Stability (SAS). This is an exclusive Toyota designed system to actively
support forklift safety and productivity. As the focus on workplace safety increases, SAS stands out as technology that helps to reduce the risk
of accidents and drive down costs from damages to goods, property and equipment. SAS constantly monitors forklift operations and automatically takes corrective action when it senses factors that could lead to the truck or load becoming unstable. Advanced SAS functions – including mast tilt angle and speed control, one-touch fork levelling, and the revolutionary swing lock cylinder – all support productivity and driver

Other standard 8FBCU features that support workplace safety include a low dashboard for excellent visibility of the fork tips, a maximum drive
speed setting to help enforce workplace speed limits, and a wheel indicator that shows the position of the wheels at a glance to support safe
driving habits.

Productivity and performance
For maximum productivity and performance the Toyota 8FBCU range features the exclusive Toyota AC2 power system. Toyota AC2 is built
around new Toyota 48-volt motors and controllers developed together for optimal compatibility, resulting in higher drive and lifting speeds. In
addition, the ‘accel-off’ braking function delivers smooth regenerative braking performance, which in addition feeding power back to the battery.

Toyota 8FBCU’s ergonomic design helps reduce driver fatigue and stress resulting in greater productivity. Standard features include a low, wide
step and a new large driver entry assist grip for easy access to the truck. The new slim-line adjustable steering column and small (300mm diameter) steering wheel allow comfortable driving, while a new, easy-to-read digital display offers detailed operational information at a glance.

Optional mini-levers provide fast, accurate, ergonomic load handling, and optional PIN-code start-up helps ensure that Toyota 8FBCU can only
be operated by authorised personnel.

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