With a maximum lift capacity of 2.5t (2.0t at a height of 6.0m), the MLT 625e is the first electric Manitou machine for the agricultural market.

The MLT 625e for the construction sector was previewed at last year’s Bauma construction show. The ag version shares the same technology with the diesel engine swapped for two electric motors – a 14kW one for the hydrostatic tranny, and a 25kW unit for the boom hydraulics.

The 25kWh lithium-ion battery is said to provide around four hours of continuous use in standard mode. The regeneration system recovers energy during deceleration, helping to extend operating times.

The battery is replenished by the on-board 9kW charger. The company says that it takes just three hours when plugged into a 380v socket (it is also possible to use a standard 220v outlet).

Activated at the touch of a button on the dashboard, the boost mode not only propels the handler to its maximum speed of 16km/hr quickly, but also results in faster boom and bucket movements.

With three steering modes, 4ws gives it a tight turning radius of just 3.31m and the electric model can work with the same attachments as the diesel MLT 625.

A driver presence sensor and an automatic parking brake are part of the standard spec and the MLT 625e has LED main beam and work lights, a phone holder and an adjustable steering column.

The electric handler is still a concept, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the French telehandler manufacturer starts taking towards the back end of next year for delivery sometime mid-2025.

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