PALFINGER: Electrifying the Hooklift


E-mobility is changing everything — including the requirements placed on mounting centers. In Caussade, France, the PALFINGER PHT 20 TEC 5 hooklift was mounted on an electric VOLVO FE chassis for the first time. A real challenge. But one that opens up new perspectives.

Particular care must be taken when assembling a vehicle powered by electricity or a hybrid engine as the voltage is permanently between 400 and 700 volts. Even the slightest mistake has serious consequences. In order to carry out assembly work on an e-vehicle, workshop employees must therefore complete special safety training. Thanks to the good cooperation between PALFINGER France and the employees of the mounting competence center (MCC) in Caussade – from the design office to the production line to the fitters and the quality department – the assembly task was completed very quickly. The PALFINGER PHT 20 TEC 5 hooklift and a PALCOVER sheeting system were successfully integrated on the electric vehicle despite the safety precautions. In future, the innovative e-truck is to be used as a new demonstration vehicle for the Volvo network and for PALFINGER products and solutions in Brittany, France.

Low noise level thanks to electric drive

Another challenge arises when switching from the combustion engine to the truck’s quieter electric drive: If the engine is quiet, then the hooklift must be, too. In order to retain the advantages of the quiet e-motor during use, the workshop employees install a new hydraulic pump that was specifically designed for electric vehicles. The pleasant and quieter operation of the PHT 20 TEC 5 hooklift therefore benefits not only users, but also the entire vehicle environment.

New standards for the industry

In order to meet the requirements of future assembly projects, mounting competence centers are constantly working on new solutions. Their role is to examine and test the necessary requirements for the vehicle body and ultimately to develop functionally and aesthetically ideal solutions that also meet the safety standards and market requirements of vehicle construction. PALFINGER also sees successful assembly projects like this as a mandate that the company will continue to accept with passion in years to come.

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PALFINGER is an international technology and mechanical engineering company and the world's leading producer and provider of innovative crane and lifting solutions. With around 12,000 employees, 31 locations 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 digitization along the entire production and value chain. 

PALFINGER AG has been listed on the Vienna stock exchange since 1999, and in 2021 achieved record revenue of EUR 1.84 billion. In 2022, PALFINGER celebrates its 90th anniversary under the tagline “Celebrating the future since 1932”.