PALFINGER eDRIVE: Silent and Electric in Swedish Forests


E-mobility is here to stay including for cranes. With the eDRIVE system, PALFINGER delivers a sustainable and efficient solution featuring benefits that are particularly appreciated in environmentally conscious Sweden.

Nature is important to the Swedes. This is clear from the 29 national parks and over 3,200 nature reserves. More than half of the country is covered by forest. However, accelerating climate change is also having an impact on Sweden's countryside. Now is the time to protect this delicate ecosystem. For crane operation, this means that every job must leave the smallest possible carbon footprint. Including the one that crane operator Dennis Sundqvist is on his way to do. Right on the shore of a lake and surrounded by coniferous forest stands a picture-perfect Swedish wooden house, for which Dennis is delivering a consignment of wood weighing tons. Quiet and almost emission-free — thanks to the eDRIVE system from PALFINGER.

Electric at the Touch of a Button

“Electric crane operation has two clear advantages for me as a crane operator,” says Dennis, a crane operator at the Swedish transport company Vivaldi AB. “Firstly, I am no longer engulfed in exhaust fumes during loading and secondly, I can communicate with others because operation is as quiet as a whisper. That wasn't possible before.” He adds: “I have to say I haven't found a single disadvantage.” The intelligent eDRIVE system ensures absolute flexibility in crane operation. Drive options can be selected at the touch of a button — the Li-ion battery pack or the mains supply. This ensures economical, energy-efficient, and emission-free operation with near-silent movements in sensitive areas, regardless of whether outdoors or indoors, day or night.

Sustainable Upgrade

When fully charged, the PALFINGER loader crane can ultimately operate for two hours at a time. That equates to around 15 jobs of ten minutes each. However, should it take longer and no power is available for quick charging or operation, then it is easy to switch to conventional mode via the vehicle engine. Vivaldi AB’s fleet operator Dick Rollfelt is clear about one thing: “We want to be at the forefront when it comes to sustainability. Progress with the PALFINGER eDRIVE system has been so positive that we will consider it in all future vehicle purchases.” Sweden’s countryside and climate will be grateful.


PALFINGER is an international technology and mechanical engineering company and the world's leading producer and provider of innovative crane and lifting solutions. With over 12,500 employees (without contingent workers.), more than 30 manufacturing sites and a worldwide sales and service network of around 5,000 service points, PALFINGER creates added value from the challenges of its customers. PALFINGER is consistently continuing on its course as a provider of innovative, complete solutions that deliver increased efficiency and better operability, while leveraging the potential of digitalization along the entire production and value chain. 

PALFINGER AG has been listed on the Vienna stock exchange since 1999, and in 2022 achieved record revenue of EUR 2.23 billion.  

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