Toyota Material Handling’s 80V Electric Pneumatic Forklift was recently named a 2023 GOOD DESIGN Award recipient, the company said in a news release, adding that the win is a “testament to the product’s world-class engineering, aesthetics, durability and performance.” 

Toyota said the 80V Electric Pneumatic Forklift model — and the rest of its advanced lineup of industry-leading forklifts— reflect Toyota’s commitment to prioritizing customer needs while aligning with the organization’s culture of Kaizen, or continuous improvement. 

 “The Good Design Award not only expands awareness in the design community, but it also highlights the attention to quality, usability, aesthetics and ergonomics in Toyota products around the world,” said Greg Smiley, Toyota Material Handling North America's head of design.

In a May 2 news release, Toyota said recognition for its award-winning 80V Electric Pneumatic Forklift was prompted by its unique and innovative features, including: 

  • A multifunction display system that enhances efficiency by notifying the operator of battery capacity and operating time warnings while facilitating rapid diagnostics to prevent unplanned downtime. Toyota's innovative System of Active Stability (SAS) engages instantly to stabilize the rear axle if the system senses the forklift is in a situation that could lead to instability.
  • The forklift also provides ample comfort for operators with its full-floating cabin and full-suspension seat, which help minimize shock and vibration. 
  • Toyota’s Operator Presence Sensing System and the optional seatbelt interlock encourage operators to remain properly seated with the seatbelt buckled.
  • Additionally, the cockpit-style operator compartment allows operators a clear line of sight and minimizes fatigue with its memory-tilt-steering technology, mini-lever controls, an armrest and a low-height dashboard.

With load capacities ranging from 4,000 to 17,500 pounds, the battery-powered forklift increases efficiency by combining the power and durability of non-electric models with its top-of-the-line AC drive motors. This allows operators a reliable material handling solution for indoor and outdoor environments.

The forklift also offers standard speed control and performance modes to allow operators to select power consumption, acceleration and regenerative braking, contributing to maximized efficiency, performance and operating time. 

The 80V Electric Pneumatic also extends outdoor lifespan through preventative technology that limits water intrusion and corrosion.

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