Friday, 22 January 2021 12:55

Merlo goes greener

Written by  Staff Reporters
Italian manufacturer Merlo have introduced a new all-electric battery-powered e-worker model. Italian manufacturer Merlo have introduced a new all-electric battery-powered e-worker model.

Obviously not wishing to get left behind by some of its competitors, Italian manufacturer Merlo is planning to add to its green-liveried telehandler range- with another set of green credentials in the shape of an all-new, all-electric battery-powered Merlo e-Worker model.

The new e-Worker has a 2500kg capacity, 4.8m maximum lift height and a 60hp power output which, at an average 6kW/h consumption, translates into a working span of eight hours. The new model will be built in two versions, a two-wheel drive 25.5-60 and the four-wheel drive 25.5-90. Turning to how it works, the machine’s battery powers the hydraulic pump for arm movements while motors power its traction and movement

Suitable for on-road and off-road applications, the manufacturer claims that the e-Worker has a “distinct edge when working in enclosed environments” such as herd- homes, grain stores, stables or environments where low noise and zero emissions are a requirement.

The machine meets all active regulations for frontal tipping prevention, offers maximum driver comfort and visibility thanks to its easy entry 785mm wide cab, with its compact stance offering exceptional maneuverability and handling in tight spaces.

 Meanwhile, the Patriarch of Merlo is showing no signs of slowing down yet, moreover promising a raft of “new innovations” in the coming months. Founder of the telehandler manufacturing company, Italian engineer Amilcare Merlo, was recently conferred with an honorary degree in Mechanical Engineering by the Polytechnic of Turin in a ceremony held to coincide with his 86th birthday.

Speaking after the event, the octogenarian inventor talked about “incredible things” as he forecasted a future of “new inventions”, while also advising the students present, to whom he dedicated his degree, to “dare all the possibilities” and cautioning that “those who don’t dare never achieve anything”.

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