The big little brother

Milestones

The big little brother

Linde has been building electric material handling forklift trucks for over 40 years. Th at‘s over 40 years of experience in electric mobility. During this time, electric drive technology has been developed continuously in line with a number of innovative ideas and is also now tried and tested in vehicles in very different sectors - from small electric vehicles to electro-hydraulic airport container handlers. A success story that began as the little brother of the diesel forklift.

1889

What is to become Linde‘s subsidiary company in the USA, Baker Motor Vehicle Company, begins construction of electric cars and electrical utility vehicles in Cleveland, Ohio.

1906

With around 800 vehicles built during this year, Baker becomes the largest manufacturer of electric cars in the United States.

1941

Fenwick, Linde’s French subsidiary since 1984, converts over 100 small transporters to electric motors for Citroen PSA.

1971

Linde Material Handling exhibits the first Linde E10-E15 battery-powered forklift at the Hanover Trade Show.

1982

The E12 — E18 forklift range sees the introduction of power electronics, enabling more precise control of electric motors.

1995

The electrical control of the lift mast functions via joystick – the Linde Load Control – permits extremely delicate operation and soon becomes the industry standard.

2002

Conversion of series or shunt wound motors to asynchronous three-phase motors in the first red electric forklifts from Aschaffenburg.

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2006

The latest electric forklifts utilise the compact driving axle – the drive and lift motors are integrated, and the power modules are installed on the axle. This saves 30 metres of cabling.

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Brand Linde MH

2010

The Electronic Systems & Drives division is founded and begins marketing the electric drive technology from Linde MH under the ‘eMotion’ brand.

2011

Together with Zwiehoff, ES&D develops the electric two-way road/rail shunter ROTRAC E2 – on rails it can pull 250 tonnes and it is already in use on all continents.

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2011

With an acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.45 seconds, the “Linde E1” electric cart sprints speeds into the Guinness Book of Records with a world speed record.

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2011

The “new500E” small electric car from Karabak sees Linde’s tried and tested forklift technology hitting the streets.

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2012

In the airport container loader Laweco Cargo Master Green Line, ES&D replaces its diesel unit with two Linde drive systems, saving the operator of Munich airport 7800 litres of diesel in the first year.

2012

The Linde eco-kits - pre-assembled drive kits in three performance classes for conversion of vehicles to electric drive – are exhibited at Automechanika.

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2013

microMax – the “vehicle for car-sharing app” from Rinspeed AG uses a Linde electric drive to travel to its world première at the Geneva Motor Show.

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2014

The “Peace” light trucks from South Korean E-Mobility pioneer Power Plaza using the electric drive system from the Linde forklift receives road approval for the domestic market.

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