Introducing the SP64 4x4 Hybrid
Monday 1 February 2010
The SP64 4x4 Hybrid is one of a new generation of environmentally conscious work platforms from Niftylift. Combining advanced power-source technology with versatile four-wheel-drive, it delivers outstanding performance from a compact and low-weight design.
The SP64 4x4 Hybrid is a 2 man work platform with a 68ft 6in working height and 42ft 8in of working outreach. But what is most impressive about the SP64 is how it achieves this from such a compact, low weight and manoeuvrable chassis. At just 14,640lbs the SP64 can be up to 50% Lighter than its competition while still being narrower and shorter in length and height. This equates to a substantial reduction in transportation and running costs benefiting rental companies, contractors and operators.
Hybrid Power System
When running on its electric motors, the SP64 becomes a 'zero-emission' machine that can work inside or out in any environment both cleanly and quietly.
When running on Diesel, the innovative 'Hybrid' power system allows the electric motor to automatically 'assist' the Diesel engine when required (e.g. climbing a steep slope), boosting the overall power available. At all other times the electric motor channels the excess power from the Diesel engine back to the batteries, storing it for when it's most needed. This ingenious Hybrid technology means that the machine can use a much smaller Diesel engine (Kubota 722 - 18Hp) than would otherwise be required, reducing fuel consumption (on average 1/8 gallon an hour) and therefore greatly reducing running costs.
Furthermore, due to its efficient design, the 'Diesel Re-Gen' feature can actually charge the batteries up to twice as fast as standard AC power, so the SP64 can fully re-charge itself in just 4 hours. This means that the SP64 can potentially work 24 hours a day, using the electric motor to work quietly at night and then re-charge during the day-shift while running on Diesel. The SP64 is also one of the first machines of its kind to offer an advanced exhaust purification system, greatly reducing CO/NOx, particulates, and noise emissions, so the SP64 4x4 Hybrid is also an environmentally conscious choice as well as being very economical to run.
The SP64 4x4 Hybrid also incorporates Niftylift's new ToughCage technology. Its tough impact resistant composite base and larger cross-section steel cage give extra strength and durability, both protecting the operator and reducing the risk of damage to the cage. As well as resisting damage the new ToughCage absorbs much of the force of an impact preventing damage to the boom. Should damage occur the rails can be replaced separately for a fast low-cost repair.
SiOPS® Safety System
Perhaps most importantly the SP64 is fitted with the new SiOPS® safety system, integral to the cage to help prevent sustained involuntary operation of the controls if the operator should become trapped between an overhead obstacle and the machines active controls. The SiOPS® control panel is equipped to detect any significant load on the platform's controls or console if a load is detected the machine will shut down, with the foot pedal and enable button deactivated. This gives the operator a vital 'second chance' and time to consider how to respond safely and recover their situation.
Four Wheel Drive (4x4)
Powerful four-wheel-drive motors provide grip and gradeability, which together with a compact turning radius, make manoeuvring easy, even on slopes or uneven surfaces.
Without compromising on ease of use, reliability or safety, the SP64 4x4 Hybrid embodies the very best aspects of Niftylift's design philosophy.
It effortlessly combines advanced power-source technology with powerful 4-wheel-drive to deliver class-leading reach performance from a compact, low weight and maneuverable chassis.
Whether from the point of view of a machine operator or a rental company the SP64 4x4 Hybrid represents the 'ultimate' combination of performance, economy and most importantly safety.