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First Snorkel lithium-powered speed levels delivered to Germany

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Systemlift member, Alexander Gräber bei Gräber Konstanz (left) takes delivery of the first six lithium-powered Snorkel Speed Level’s in Germany, handed over by Tommy Härtig, sales representative for Ahern Deutschland.

Ahern Deutschland has delivered the first six Snorkel SL-RTE models in Germany to SystemLift member, Alexander Gräber, at Gräber Konstanz.

The order for the six units consists of three SL26RTE and three SL30RTE models, and was received during Bauma 2019 where Snorkel previewed the lithium-ion prototype.  The two electric Speed Level models entered full production in Snorkel's U.K. manufacturing facility in early November, and the six lifts were delivered to Gräber Konstanz in mid-November, handed over by Ahern Deutschland sales representative, Tommy Härtig.

Located in Konstanz, in southern Germany, Gräber Konstanz has four rental locations and operates a fleet that includes aerial work platforms, cranes and forklifts. They are a member of SystemLift AG, with is an association of independent rentals companies, who together create a nationwide network of more than 70 member companies, with access to more than 7,000 pieces of lifting equipment.

The two new Speed Level models, which are branded as the Snorkel SL26RTE and SL30RTE, are completely zero emission thanks to lithium-ion battery packs with a built-in battery management system (BMS), and an integrated electric powertrain developed with Hyperdrive Innovation, a U.K.-based developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion battery technology for electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

The use of maintenance-free lithium-ion battery packs reduces running costs by up to 95 percent when compared to an engine, and are shown to last up to twenty-times longer than lead acid batteries. The low voltage system is easily serviced, without the need for specialist high voltage training, and has been tested in climatic chambers between -25°C and +60°C.

The zero emission, lithium-ion batteries also deliver significantly less jobsite noise. For example, the new SL26RTE is 60 percent quieter than the existing Snorkel SL26SL, at less than 68dB. Fitted with a 2.5kWh 50A battery charger, the battery packs can be fully charged in less than 6 hours at a significantly lower cost than the diesel equivalent.

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