19 Sep The quiet electric revolution at Nifty
John King visits the Nifty factory
Nifty Australia’s John King recently went on a fact-finding mission to the Niftylift factory and headquarters in Milton Keynes, England. John was interested to know more about the all-electric machines, including the new HR12 low-weight and narrow chassis versions that are in development and rolling off the production line now. Explaining to John all their particular characteristics was Development Director Steve Redding and his team who are responsible for all innovation and development on site at their state-of-the-art offices.
Introducing the new HR12 low-weight
Pictured above and already ordered by hire companies in Australia is the new HeightRider 12 metre low-weight boom. The first machines will arrive on our shores soon and John and his team can’t wait to show customers its many innovations. The light-weight chassis is one of the lightest and most versatile machines in its class weighing just 2,540kg (a 2,470kg Lithium battery option is available).
The HR12L can be transported on a trailer behind a car which opens up a world of possibility for the hire company customer and offers significant advantages for site-to-site transportation. Not having to use a truck for transportation makes delivery to sites easier and cheaper.
The HR12L utilises a super-efficient battery power system with an all-electric drive that allows the batteries to work for twice as long, so more work can be completed on one charge and running costs are significantly reduced.
A telescopic upper boom gives the HR12L improved accuracy when positioning the platform and superb chassis manoeuvrability makes it ideal for a wide range of applications, especially for indoor use. The HR12L also incorporates Niftylift’s ToughCage and the multi-award winning SiOPS® safety systems.
Revolutionary electric machines from Nifty
Additional to the new HR12L, Nifty is also launching a HR12N narrow version. Pictured above next to its sister machine, the HR12N will also be a full electric machine and have all the bells and whistles expected of a new Nifty. The HeightRider 15 and 17 and 21 metre booms are available as all-electric versions too.
Niftlift Australia’s electric innovations
Nifty in Australia tries to be environmentally conscious in its day-to-day running and to this end the company has recently purchased an all-electric car. The used Nissan Leaf has been imported from Japan and is available for employees to use during the day and used each night for John’s commute home. Nifty’s diesel bill has dramatically decreased and with it a huge decrease in carbon footprint and particulate emissions.
Nifty’s Australian headquarters also has solar panels on the warehouse roof. In the past all charging of machines would happen overnight when electricity was cheaper. Now Nifty makes its own electricity and makes sure all charging is done during working hours. The electric car is also charged using solar energy during the day from a charging station in a converted iconic British red phone box!