More new Hiab cranes with electric power option

black Hiab HiPro hybrid loader crane mounted behind the cab Three new Hiab wspr models of hybrid loader cranes are new in the the Hiab HiPro series. Photo: Hiab Cargotec

A battery power option is now available on three more hydraulic articulating loader or knuckle boom cranes in the HiPro series from Hiab.

In addition to having a battery-powered electric power take off (ePTO) the crane hydraulics can still be powered via a conventional power take off from the truck’s diesel engine.

Called Hiab wspr, it is an option on mid-range Hiab loader cranes in the HiPro range.

“A Hiab wspr solution, operated by electric power, is better for people and the planet as it is emission-free and future proofs businesses for stricter regulations. By being emission-free and near silent it also provides the flexibility to operate in low- or no-emission zones, or late at night, thereby increasing business opportunities. This is also providing a healthier working environment for operators and the communities they serve,” said Mattias Berglund, Hiab director, global product management, special applications and digital products, loader cranes light and medium.

Choice of three

Two of the three new Hiab wspr models have their lithium-ion battery packs integrated with the crane base which makes installation easier and has minimal impact on the truck. One is the Standard model, designed for the larger segment of the market. Its 200 Ah battery is enough capacity for one or two days of work, in most applications, Hiab said. The Light Duty model, aimed at drop-off applications, also has its battery in the crane base.

The Heavy Duty model, with its larger battery, is for customers who work long hours or require extended periods between charging. Its battery is mounted on the truck chassis. A two-year warranty is provided but the battery cells are covered for five years.

The new integrated 40 kW ePTO is designed to save space on the truck chassis. Where it is used on an electric truck the Hiab wspr saves the truck’s traction battery capacity by having its own battery. Maximum hydraulic pump flow is 90 litres a minute and the crane’s capacity is the same as on the conventional PTO so performance is said to be on a par with diesel but response is improved by the electrical system’s ability to deliver instant torque.

Where the battery is exhausted power can be delivered from the truck’s power source, be it a diesel engine or traction battery, to help get the job done.

The Standard model can be ordered now and the other two variants will be available later in the year.


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