The Next Step in Material Handling Electrification

The next-generation Taylor ZLC series electric container handler and ZH series electric forklift, powered by Proterra, will offer durability, dependability, and efficiency. These electric container handlers and heavy-duty forklifts will support various applications such as container handling in port environments, heavy material handling operations, industrial manufacturing facilities, mining sites, steel mills, lumberyards, and more.

Proterra® battery technology leverages industry-leading density and a customizable design to fit within various Taylor industrial material handling and container handling products.

Robert Taylor Sr., President and Chief Operating Officer of The Taylor Group of Companies, stated, “This new relationship with Proterra, who like Taylor is an American manufacturer, is truly a milestone in Taylor manufacturing history. Our commitment to the electric market for material handling and container handling equipment will be a strategic engineering collaboration between Taylor and Proterra. We believe that Proterra’s vision for EV battery technology and their commitment to zero-emission standards align with the Taylor vision.”

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Taylor is readying our customers for the new choices they have in the ways energy is used in their businesses. Taylor has always provided our customers with stable and forward-thinking technology and this continues in the EV space with our strategic Proterra partnership.

– Matt Hillyer, Director of Engineering, Taylor Machine Works

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The Proterra Battery

The only UL2580-certified batteries that can also meet the demanding requirements of the ZLC and ZH series, Proterra S Series S2-15 batteries enable the ZLC container handler to meet stringent zero-emissions standards for ports, also supporting goals to reduce emissions and greenhouse gases, such as California’s target of transitioning all cargo-handling equipment to zero-emissions vehicles by 2030.

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Designed from the cell level up for commercial usage, Proterra batteries have industry-leading energy density for maximum range, a flexible design to fit within a wide variety of vehicles, and a ruggedized commercial grade housing to withstand harsh environments. Consistent temperature control maximizes the battery life in any climate.


Every Proterra battery operates with state-of-the-art safety features, including cell-level passive propagation resistance (PPR). Along with safety features that are standard, rigorous vehicle testing and validation programs ensure the highest standards of safety.


Designed with space constraints in mind, the Proterra S2 series is more compact, with a width of 860 mm and the ability to hold up to 123 kWh of energy storage capacity per pack, making it the perfect option for the ZLC series electric container handler and ZH series electric forklift with flexibility, efficiency, and durability that is proven.

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