Cat Lift Trucks EP25-35N wins design award
The judges in this year’s Red Dot Awards have presented their prestigious Product Design Award to Cat® Lift Trucks for theEP25-35(C)N 80V electric counterbalance truck, citing excellent user experience and clever design as its key attributes.
Against stiff competition from 56 countries and around 5,000 products, this truck impressed the 38-member judging panel with innovative features such as its Responsive Drive System (RDS). RDS reacts to the speed with which the driver moves the accelerator pedal and hydraulic controls, instantly selecting the most appropriate performance mode. The truck seems to ‘know’ how he or she wants it to behave at any moment. A further benefit of RDS is that all truck movements – particularly starting and stopping – are very smooth and safe.
Additionally, the intelligent curve control has been improved to reduce speed in a much more natural and comfortable way than previous systems, with no sensation of sudden change or tilting as the truck corners.
Manoeuvrability has been taken to a whole new level with a next-generation dual drive 4 wheel steering system. An amazing +100° rear axle rotation, together with curve control, makes turning tight and smooth. Reverse side turns can now be made immediately, without pushing back, and there is also a unique ability to steer using the front axle.
To maximise user satisfaction and performance, the spacious, high-comfort cabin and its equipment have been ergonomically designed for strain-free operation with minimal need for the driver to move. The new progressive hydraulic controls and related functions are brought within easy reach of the driver’s fingertips on a totally redesigned adjustable armrest. Meanwhile, extra vision has been gained thanks to the cleverly angled dashboard and counterweight.