The all-electric, next-generation Taylor ZLC-series top handler and ZH-series forklift will feature Proterra’s industry-leading battery technology system. - Photo: Taylor Machine Works

The all-electric, next-generation Taylor ZLC-series top handler and ZH-series forklift will feature Proterra’s industry-leading battery technology system.

Photo: Taylor Machine Works

Proterra and Taylor Machine Works announced July 22 a new partnership to power Taylor’s next-generation ZLC-series electric container handler and ZH-series electric forklift using Proterra’s battery technology.

Introduced in 2019, the Taylor ZLC-series is a zero-emission, battery-electric top handler machine, designed to load and unload shipping containers weighing up to 75,000 pounds in port environments. The ZH-series forklift is applicable in a variety of settings to handle heavy-duty, bulk materials at warehouses, plants, worksites, mine sites, lumber yards, and more.

Proterra will supply battery technology to power Taylor’s next-generation material handling equipment, and the two companies will collaborate on strategies to deliver charging and infrastructure solutions to help ports and other customers electrify their heavy-duty, material handling machinery.

Using electric motors and environmentally responsible battery packs, the next-generation ZH Series plug-in, battery-electric vehicle will feature 225 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy and the ZLC-series with 904 kWh of energy packaged within the Proterra battery system.

The first Proterra Powered, next-generation Taylor ZLC-series and ZH-series machines are expected to be delivered to customers beginning in 2022.