New all-electric 1.5t tracked carrier

Italian aerial lift and tracked carrier manufacturer Almac/AlmaCrawler will launch a new all-electric compact tracked carrier - the ML 1.5 FX - at APEX in Maastricht next week.

The new machine, which has a 1.5 tonne capacity, eliminates hydraulic oil and according to the company, been designed specifically for crane rental and rigging companies for industrial material and glass handling markets.
The 1.5 tonne all-electric transporter

The ML 1.5 FX features two 5.3kW AC electric two speed direct drive track motors, which, along with the other electrics are waterproof rated to IP67. The transporter has an overall width of 700mm, an overall length of 1.17 metres with a deck height of 500mm. The overall weight is 465kg.
The transport deck is steel checker plate and can be slid forward to provide easy access to the components. Maximum travel speed is 2.8kph with a ground clearance of 40mm and 45 degrees gradeability.

Power is supplied by a 55Ah maintenance free AGM battery pack, with an integrated onboard charger that takes the batteries from empty to fully charged in six hours. An Autec radio remote controller is standard.
The built in charger and battery charge indicator are easily accessible

Alma Crawler’s new material handling distribution manager Karim Sinno said: “AlmaCrawler is proud to introduce the ML 1.5 FX, a game changing solution that will redefine how industries handle materials. We have incorporated cutting edge technology and user centric design to deliver a tracked transporter that exceeds expectations in terms of performance, efficiency, and sustainability. This innovation represents our unwavering commitment to empowering businesses with state of the art material handling solutions."

Vertikal Comment

On paper this looks like a very well thought out and designed piece of kit, it shares its overall concept and drive train with the three tonne transporter shown as a prototype at Vertikal Days earlier this month. The electric drive system not only provides quiet, powerful drive, but also eliminates all hydraulic hoses and dramatically reduces maintenance. It will also appeal to work in clean rooms and the internal areas on sensitive construction sites.
Direct electric drive components for tracked equipment is developing rapidly and is likely to replace hydraulic drives on all smaller equipment over the next two or three years, even where the overall power source is diesel.

The video below demonstrates the 3,000kg model - which has the same drive train