Tow­ing the line

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Big Wheels -

AN ELEC­TRIC tow­ing trac­tor is be­ing re­leased by Toy­ota Ma­te­rial Han­dling Aus­tralia. The com­pany will aim at air­lines, courier firms and com­pa­nies with large fac­to­ries with the 1.8-tonne draw bar pull 2TE18 tow­ing trac­tor. It can tow up to 25,000kg and uses inverter and AC mo­tor technology from Toy­ota’s 3.5-tonne pay­load bat­tery elec­tric fork­lift range. Toy­ota says the en­ergy us­age cost of the elec­tric model is one fifth of a com­pa­ra­ble diesel model and has half the green­house im­pact. The trac­tor re­cov­ers en­ergy when slow­ing, coast­ing and chang­ing di­rec­tion by us­ing re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing. Com­pany brand man­ager Bob Walm­s­ley (above) says the elec­tric trac­tor is bet­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment and brings oc­cu­pa­tional health-and-safety ben­e­fits com­pared with a diesel trac­tor.

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