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Proterra Inc and Taylor Machine Works, Inc., a leading heavy-duty equipment manufacturer, announced a new partnership to power Taylor’s next-generation ZLC-series electric container handler and ZH-series electric forklift using Proterra’s battery technology.

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 battery-electric Taylor ZLC Series met the stringent zero-emissions standard without interrupting the demanding processing sequence required by the world’s busiest ports.


Introduced in 2019, the Taylor ZLC-series is the first 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.

The first Proterra Powered, next-generation Taylor ZLC-series and ZH-series machines are expected to be delivered to customers beginning in 2022. The collaboration represents Proterra’s entry into the heavy-duty, material-handling equipment market.


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