Atlas’ first battery-powered material handler
First battery-powered excavator delivered to Hamburg's municipal cleaning service - 140 KW/190 hp output from four battery modules - about 1 hour charging time - all-day operation possible - 16 t CO2 saved over one year - second excavator ordered

Atlas GmbH, Ganderkesee, has taken the lead in development with the design, manufacture and delivery of the first battery-powered material handler, the 200 MH accu. The handling machine has now been handed over to the Hamburg city cleaning department (SRH). It is used at the Liebigstraße recycling yard. The ATLAS 200 MH accu has an operating weight of 21 t and the power of its battery drive is 140 KW/190 HP. At 10 m reach, it is equipped with a demolition grapple. The cab can be extended to 5.20 m eye level of the driver.

Four battery modules instead of one diesel engine

The machine is not powered by a diesel engine, but by four built-in battery modules that weigh a total of 900 kg. They drive the hydraulic system and move the machine itself. It goes without saying that there are no diesel emissions whatsoever. The working time with this battery capacity is about 3-4 hours, the charging time is about one hour. In reality, this means that you work half a day, the machine is loaded during the break and that you can continue working in the second half of the day. Ultimately, that is a full working day in diesel-free battery operation.

A real development milestone

“This is a real milestone in Atlas history. In intensive development work, we have made real progress, above all in the direction of ecology,” says Brahim Stitou, CEO of Atlas GmbH. A number of people are involved in this. The initiator of the project, Thomas Maas (Head of Technical Service SRH) contacted the regional dealer Atlas Hamburg. Reinhard von der Wehl, Managing Director of the Von der Wehl Group, and especially Nils Schmuck (construction machinery sales at Atlas Hamburg) coordinated the project between all those involved. FRAMO GmbH from Löbichau worked together on the electrical components. She has many years of extensive experience in the field of drive systems for electric municipal vehicles. This experience was used to quickly implement the project for the ATLAS material handler. Ultimately, the engineers at Atlas GmbH created the conditions for converting the ATLAS 200 MH material handling machine from a diesel-powered model to a purely battery-powered model. This is a big step in product development.

Innovation in the best sense

This also looks Michael Pollmann, State Councilor for the Environment, Climate, Energy and Agriculture Authority and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Hamburg City Cleaning Departmento. He said at the handover: “The Hamburg city cleaning department is known for taking innovative paths. With the test of the electric excavator, the company once again demonstrates its pioneering spirit in the further development of ecological and future-oriented technologies”.

Own charging station – direct current

You can’t see the change in the ATLAS 200 MH accu at first glance. The four battery modules are installed where the diesel engine is usually found. However, you can hear the difference immediately, because the 200 MH accu is significantly quieter when driving and working. So said Professor Dr. Rüdiger Siechau, Managing Director of SRH, at the excavator handover: “The vehicle is not only quiet, but also emission-free. It saves more than 16 tons of CO2 annually. In addition to a reliable service, it is our aim to also develop the vehicle fleet in an environmentally friendly, sustainable and progressive way”. To ensure that the 200 MH accu also achieves the desired working times, a charging station for direct current was installed on the company premises. The ATLAS material handler can actually be loaded without any problems during work breaks and then continue to be in use. The active test phase is now underway and SRH is already planning to put a second ATLAS cordless excavator into operation by the end of this year.

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Photo 1: The Atlas 200 MH accu is used for waste compaction by the Hamburg city cleaning department.

Photo 2: The handover of the first battery-powered material handler Atlas 200 MH accu to the Hamburg city cleaning department. Brahim Stitou, (Managing Director of Atlas GmbH and Group), Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Siechau, Managing Director of SRH), Michael Pollmann (State Councilor of the Authority for the Environment, Climate, Energy and Agriculture and Chairman of the SRH Supervisory Board), Holger Lange (Managing Director of SRH), Reinhard von der Wehl (Managing Director of the Von der Wehl Group) from left to right.

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