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Doosan Bobcat Showcases Future Forklift Branding, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Forklift at ProMat 2023

Mon March 20, 2023 - National Edition

D70S-9 Internal Combustion Pneumatic Diesel Forklifk
D70S-9 Internal Combustion Pneumatic Diesel Forklifk

Doosan Bobcat Inc. is highlighting the future of its material handling equipment lineup at ProMat 2023 in Chicago, March 20 to 23.

The Doosan Industrial Vehicle (DIV) booth #S3559 will showcase a number of current forklift model families, and the space also will highlight its future branding with multiple machines displayed in Bobcat trade dress.

Recently, Doosan Bobcat announced its Doosan Industrial Vehicle, Doosan Portable Power and Doosan Industrial Air brands would transition to become part of the Bobcat product portfolio.

Bobcat, a global compact equipment, innovation and worksite solutions brand, has a proud legacy of innovation and a reputation based on delivering smart solutions to customers' toughest challenges, the manufacturer said.

The company's ProMat booth showcases nine forklift models with load capacities ranging from 3,000 to 15,500 lbs.

Exhibited in current Doosan Industrial Vehicle branding:

  • GC25S-9 Internal Combustion Cushion Tire Forklift: 5,000-lb. load model; 3,000 to 12,000-lb. model range
  • G25E-7 Internal Combustion Pneumatic Forklift Truck: 5,000-lb. load model; 3,000 to 15,500-lb. model range
  • B20SU-9 Cushion Electric Stand-up Rider: 4,000-lb. load model; 3,000 to 4,000-lb. model range
  • BER30S-9 Walkie Rider Pallet Truck: 6,000-lb. load model; 6,000 to 8,000-lb. model range

Exhibited in future Bobcat trade dress:

  • D25S-9 Internal Combustion Pneumatic Diesel Forklift: 5,000-lb. load model; 4,000 to 7,000-lb. model range
  • D70S-9 Internal Combustion Pneumatic Diesel Forklifk: 15,500-lb. load model; 13,500 to 20,000-lb. model range
  • BOP15S-9 Electric Order Picker: 3,000-lb. capacity
  • BR20SP-7P Electric Pantograph Reach Truck: 4,000-lb. load model; 3,500 to 4,000-lb. model range
  • NEW: B30X-7 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Concept Forklifk: 6,000-lb. load model; 5,000 to 7,000-lb. model range

Another booth highlight is the company's newest hydrogen fuel cell-powered forklift concept. The forklift will be developed under the Bobcat product portfolio as part of the transition of DIV products into the Bobcat trade dress.

The forklift was initially announced as a research and development project in 2022 by Doosan Bobcat.

"As a company, we are evolving in bold ways to meet our customers' toughest challenges by offering innovative solutions for a more sustainable future," said Scott Park, Doosan Bobcat CEO and vice chairman.

"Alternative-energy products — such as hydrogen or electric — give customers options, while also leading the way toward a more sustainable future and greener tomorrow."

Hydrogen fuel cell forklifts offer longer operating times and faster refueling, making them ideal for applications that require extended use and quick refueling turnaround. For warehouses operating multiple shifts, the hydrogen fuel cell forklift is a viable option to reduce carbon footprint while still meeting the operational needs to run longer hours with no charging required.

The hydrogen fuel cell forklift concept machine is initially being developed as a Class 1 forklift model, but the technology has opportunity across various forklift model offerings and classes.

A hydrogen fuel-cell-powered forklift and a battery-powered forklift differ in several ways, including the source of power, operating time and refueling/recharging time.

1. Source of power: An electric forklift runs on a battery that stores electrical energy. A hydrogen fuel cell forklift, on the other hand, uses a hydrogen fuel cell to produce electricity through a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen, providing a longer operating time.

2. Refueling/recharging time: Battery-powered forklifts need to be recharged after a period of work. Charging can take many hours; time for the battery to cool also is recommended. Hydrogen fuel cell forklifts do not have the same constraints. The fuel cell can be refueled in three minutes or less, allowing for less downtime. Once refueled, the fuel-cell-powered forklift can return to work immediately, without delay.

3. Operating time: Hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered forklifts can run longer at a higher steady voltage than battery-powered forklifts. Longer run times improve labor efficiency, and higher voltage improves labor productivity. Plug and SK Plug Hyverse (the Plug JV with SK E&S) have a business relationship with Doosan Bobcat focused on providing hydrogen-based material handling solutions globally.

Bobcat-branded material handling equipment will be available to customers in select markets at a later date, with more information on timelines forthcoming.

Doosan Bobcat will additionally exhibit its material handling and forklift equipment during LogiMAT in Germany, April 25 to 27.

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