Forklifts & Boom Lifts

Genie boosts booms with hybrid option

With Genie’s hybrid technology, the S-60 FE can work an entire week on a single tank of fuel.

In response to increasing jobsite regulations and environmental needs, leading work lifts and access equipment specialist Genie says it is expanding its offerings to include two industry’s ‘firsts” in telescopic booms – a hybrid  and a lightweight, electric lift in the 65 ft (20 m) height class.

With a 20.6-m working height and an 18.6-m platform height, the Genie S-60 DC and S-60 FE boom lifts build on the success of Genie’s 100 per cent electric DC and hybrid FE technology to deliver clean, quiet jobsite performance in a versatile machine that requires less maintenance and delivers a lower total cost of ownership, says a spokesman for the company, which is a brand belonging to Terex Corporation.

“Modern jobsites demand rugged, reliable, high-performance equipment that is also quiet, clean, efficient. The new Genie S-60 DC and S-60 FE telescopic boom lifts meet those needs with a versatile boom that has a best-in-class jib length and delivers the quality, reliability and lower total cost of ownership that equipment owners are looking for,” says Corrado Gentile, Genie Product Manager for the EMEARI Region (Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia and India), based in Umbertide, Italy, where the S-60 DC and S-60 FE are manufactured.

“The DC and FE versions of Genie’s tried-and-true S-60 telescopic boom solve this problem with a machine that can operate in rough terrain and has clean emissions,” he says. “Both the S-60 DC and the S-60 FE can be used indoors and outdoors, and can deliver a full day of 100 per cent electric, four-wheel drive performance on a single battery charge. With Genie’s ‘no compromises’ hybrid technology, the S-60 FE can also work an entire week on a single tank of fuel.

S-60 FE ... clean, quiet performance.

S-60 FE ... clean, quiet performance.

Additionally, the FE boom’s intelligent control system keeps the batteries charged and machine ready to work by using both regenerative braking technology and automatic engine start and stop. By charging the batteries while the boom works, the S-60 FE can help jobsites eliminate downtime caused by plug-in charging, he says.

“This is a boom lift that rental companies can make money with because it solves multiple end-user needs with a single machine, contributing to a 10 per cent higher utilisation rate,” Gentile says.

The S-60 DC model offers a low weight of 7,983 kg and quiet operation for end-users looking for a powerful, all-electric boom. The FE version weighs 8,051 kg, just slightly more than the DC version, making either boom ideal for applications where floor loading must be managed.

At the same time, high-efficiency AC drive motors on all four wheels provide similar torque as hydraulic drive motors while using 30 to 40 per cent less energy. Four-wheel drive plus electronic traction management and active oscillating axles enable 6.44 km/h drive speed and 45 per cent gradeability in rough terrain.

“That flexibility means the S-60 DC or S-60 FE can be the first machine on the job, working through to project completion,” Gentile says. “And, because the S-60 DC and S-60 FE save time and money on the jobsite, end-users benefit from cost savings while equipment owners can also realise increased returns on their equipment investment.”

A diesel particulate filter (DPF)-free Stage V engine eliminates the need for after-treatment or low-sulphur fuel, reducing the time and expense of maintenance and repairs while offering instant performance.

“It takes just seconds to start the engine, delivering instant power and torque when needed,” Gentile says, adding, “And, because the S-60 DC and S-60 FE have 70 per cent fewer hydraulic components in the drive chassis than comparable booms in the market using hydraulic systems, maintenance costs are reduced by 10 per cent, and less time is spent servicing equipment in the field,” he says.

Key specifications of the S-60 DC/FE include maximum platform height of 18.6 m, maximum working height of 20.6 m and a maximum outreach of 12.3 m. Unrestricted platform capacity of 300 kg on a 1.83-m jib delivers a 130-degree working range.

A wide range of options and accessories increase the versatility of the S-60 DC or FE for rental applications. The boom lift can be configured with either of two platform configurations. A 2.44-m three-entry with side swing gate is standard, while a 1.83-m dual entry with side swing gate is optional. Genie Lift Guard half and full mesh platform panels, air line and power to platform, work lights, and other accessories are available. In addition, hostile environment kits or cold weather packages are useful for specific applications.

Deliveries to customers in the EMEARI region will start in Q3 2022.