The first explosion proof (ATEX) truck with Lithium Battery Technology

Forklift trucks powered by a LITHIUM IRON-PHOSHATE battery ensure high performance operation with maximum power and are ideal for multi shift applications. The Lithium battery integrated into each truck is maintenance free enabling opportunity charging and eliminating the handling and charging problems associated with lead acid batteries. The Lithium battery is emission free making the trucks environmentally friendly. These features enable customers to have full flexibility of use whatever the operating conditions.

However until today no forklift truck manufacturer had been known to offer these advantages to companies requiring their trucks to be operated in potentially explosive atmospheres. The BYD counterbalance truck is certified according to ATEX 2014/34/EU and European Standard EN 1755:2015 for operation in areas classified as Zones 1 and 2 and Zones 21 and 22. It is ideally suited for almost all hazardous areas and designed for some of the most demanding of applications. The model ECB20C BYD Truck converted by Miretti to ATEX/EN 1755:2015 has been exhibited and announced at CeMAT 2018 (Hannover, 23-27/4).

Following repeated requests from customers to offer such trucks into hazardous areas BYD, a global supplier of LITHIUM powered forklifts, chose to entrust Miretti Group, a company with an international reputation for the explosion protection of material handling equipment, to convert their counterbalance trucks to explosion proof according to European and international regulations.