Snorkel Goes Lithium-electric in Response to Increasing Customer Demand

Snorkel S3970RT
Snorkel S3970RT

Following the successful introduction of the lithium-electric powered Snorkel Speed Level models in late 2019, Snorkel is continuing its roll-out of lithium-ion powered lifts at CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2020.

Being previewed for the first time at the Snorkel booth is the new Snorkel S3970RTE. This is an electric version of the popular Snorkel S3970RT diesel-powered compact rough terrain scissor lift, delivering a maximum working height of 45 ft. (13.8m) and a platform lifting capacity of 771 lbs. (350kg), and capable of working a full shift between charges.

Utilizing the same lithium-ion maintenance-free battery packs with built-in battery management system (BMS) and integrated electric powertrain as the electric Snorkel Speed Level’s, the S3970RTE will deliver excellent 4-wheel drive performance with zero emissions, while reducing running costs by up to 95% when compared with an engine.

Equipped with two lithium-ion battery systems as standard, the low voltage system is easily serviced, without the need for specialist high voltage training, and has been tested in climatic chambers between -77°F (-25°C) and +140°F (+60°C).  A high frequency smart on-board 50A battery charger enables the lift to be fully charged within 5-8 hours, and it can be top-up charged throughout the day, as required.  An optional 111Ah (5.75kWh) battery system can be added for increased range between charges.

Weighing 8,355 lbs. (3,790kg), the S3970RTE is the first compact rough terrain scissor lift model to be offered with lithium-ion battery power by Snorkel, and the company plans to expand this across its compact rough terrain family, including the S2770RTE, with a 33 ft. (10.1m) working height, and the S3370RTE, with a 39 ft. (12.0m) working height. Snorkel expects that all three models will be in full UK production by October 2020, and is accepting pre-orders.

The company plans to continue its lithium-ion electrification of popular mid-size diesel models to meet growing customer demand, with the electric versions of its narrow S2255RT and S2755RT diesel compact rough terrain scissor lifts to follow later this year.

Representing an industry-first, Snorkel is also showcasing a lithium-ion electric compact rough terrain telehandler at CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2020. The new Snorkel SR5719E, which is now available to order, delivers a maximum lifting capacity of 5,732 lbs. (2,600kg), and a maximum lift height of up to 19 ft. (5.79m), while being completely zero emissions.

Powered by 80V 400Ah (32kWh) lithium-ion batteries, the SR5719E can perform continuously between charges for up to 6 hours depending on jobsite conditions. The on-board charger provides a full charge overnight, while off-board chargers options are available for fast-charging capabilities, up to 2.5 hours for a complete charge.

The SR5719E, which is branded as the SR626E outside of North America, delivers a reduction of up to 60% in operating costs over the diesel equivalent, while also reducing noise.  Built to handle rough terrain, the SR5719E shares full-time 4-wheel drive and an oscillating axle with its diesel equivalent, and three steering modes ensure the compact telehandler is easy to maneuver, even in confined spaces.

Equipped with a highly ergonomic fully enclosed cab, with adjustable steering column and suspension seat, the SR5719E provides a comfortable working environment for the operator. An intuitive multi-function color LCD screen provides clear and immediate display of all key parameters and the integrated diagnostics.

Snorkel backs all of its lithium-ion electric lifts with its two-year parts and labor, and five-year structural warranty, plus a 2000 charging cycles/2 year* lithium battery warranty.

Visit Snorkel at Booth #F6929 in the Festival Lot at CONEXPO-CON/AGG from March 10-14, 2020.

*Whichever comes first. Refer to Snorkel warranty policy for full details, limitations and restrictions. Batteries at the end of their life to be returned to Snorkel for recycling.