15.11.2019

Snorkel’s lithium Speed Levels

Snorkel has begun production of lithium battery powered Speed Levels at its UK facility in north east England.

The two new models - the 26ft SL26RTE and 30ft SL30RTE - were shown as prototypes at Bauma this April, and feature lithium-ion battery packs with a built in battery management system, and an integrated electric powertrain developed in partnership with Hyperdrive Innovation.

The new models are based on the regular diesel powered Speed Levels, with 680kg platform capacity on the 26, with a platform length of 4.6 metres plus a 910mm rollout deck extension, while the SL30RTE has a platform capacity of 590kg and platform length of 4.23 metres. Both are available with non marking lugged tyres.
(L-R) Ed Bisdee, Jason Lovell and Stephen Irish of Hyperdrive Innovation, Matthew Elvin and John Gill of Snorkel

Chief manufacturing officer John Gill said: “We are pleased to have signed an official supply agreement with Hyperdrive Innovation, with whom we have worked closely to develop a stable electric powertrain that can deliver the reliability and performance that our customers require. Following very positive feedback to our preview at Bauma, the design has undergone thorough testing, both in concept and in field evaluations, and we are confident that these models will exceed our customers’ expectations.”

Hyperdrive Innovation founder Stephen Irish added: “It has been fantastic to work with Snorkel on its first lithium ion battery powered machines. To have the opportunity to collaborate with another progressive and forward thinking business is testament to our capabilities and a great example of the wave of clean growth being driven by changing legislation internationally.”

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