New electric drive system from Genie reduces costs, improves performance of scissor lifts
Genie has released the new E-Drive system, an optimized AC Electric drive system available across its entire line of GS slab scissor lifts.
Ideal for commercial and residential contractors, rental owners and retail users seeking to reduce total cost of ownership, the new E-Drive equipped GS scissor lifts deliver increased run time and reduced maintenance costs.
The new E-Drive motors are brushless and fully sealed against moisture and water for maintenance-free longevity. Further reducing service downtime, the new GS E-drive scissor lifts have 70% fewer hydraulic hoses and fittings, drastically reducing the potential for hydraulic leaks. In addition, the quiet and emission-free AC electric E-Drive motors provide contractors with a green solution to meet the demands of customers and job site regulations.
"Owners also will find they spend less on batteries over the life of the scissor lift due to longer runtime per charge and fewer lifetime charge cycles," says Michael Flanagan, Genie Product Manager. Based on industry-standard HIRD cycle testing, E-Drive scissor lifts have shown a 30% increase in runtime per charge, with up to a 20% reduction in lifetime battery costs.
Combined with two times the tire tread depth as previous designs, Genie E-drive scissors also have the torque and traction for climbing dovetail ramps, even if one wheel slips.
"A 14° breakover angle enables these scissor lifts to crest the top of the ramp without bottoming out, eliminating the need to winch machines onto trailers or raise dovetails after partial loading," says Flanagan. New side forklift pockets on Genie E-drive scissors, in addition to the industry standard rear pockets, simplify logistics, allowing for either driving on and lifting off, or lifting on and driving off the transport vehicle.
Flanagan adds, "Our largest GS models benefit significantly from the gradeability and runtime improvements that E-Drive offers. In addition, E-Drive enabled a reduction in machine width for one model in our lineup, the GS-4047. Launched in 2014, the GS-4047 was 47 inches wide to accommodate the hydraulic brakes. With the E-Drive redesign, this model is now a more compact 46 inches wide, consistent with the rest of our large slab scissor lift family." As a result of this change, the new nomenclature is GS-4046. The newly-named GS-4046, like other scissor lifts in the product family, is compatible with E-Drive scissor lift accessories.