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The basis for integration of E-DEUTZ drives is the DEUTZ Advanced Configurator modular system.

Many factors have to be taken into account for proper selection of the right drive system. When it comes to electric motors, design engineers are faced with the particular challenge of adapting individual components precisely to the requirements of the respective machine. Assembly space, weight, load profile, temperature, and mechanical stress vary greatly, especially in off-highway applications. For example, the operating conditions in applications are fundamentally different for excavators, forklifts, and tractors. This requires in-depth development expertise in order to integrate the drive system. In addition to the drive itself, DEUTZ also offers its customers development services related to system integration.

It is based on the DEUTZ Advanced Configurator modular system. The design of the overall system is not based on a specific engine, but on customer requirements – starting with the respective machine, the desired engine power, and the emission standard to be met. This results in a selection from the modular system: Diesel, gas, hybrid, or all-electric. Additional components can then be scaled to fit exactly. In particular, the capacity and geometry of the battery must be precisely matched to the application. In order to map even extreme operating conditions, so-called kits supplement the configuration process. Refrigeration kits, dust kits, as well as specific kits for agricultural engineering applications are currently being planned.

A benefit of the modular concept is that only the relevant components or modules that are subject to further technological development are adapted – not the entire system. This enables DEUTZ to respond quickly and flexibly to technological developments, which also significantly shortens the time to market.


A customer example for successful integration of E-DEUTZ systems is Manitou. The world’s leading OEM in the field of all-terrain telescopic handlers was the first E-DEUTZ customer to start electrifying the drive train. The Manitou MT 1335 telescopic handler routinely features a 75 kW DEUTZ TCD 3.6 diesel engine. Within only six months, E-DEUTZ engineers equipped two prototype models – each with a hybrid and a fully electric drive. A 360-volt on-board electrical system and a 60 kW electric motor are used for the all-electric Manitou MT 1135. The battery with a generous 30 kWh capacity provides the necessary energy. For the hybrid version, the TCD 3.6 was replaced by a smaller TCD 2.2 with 55 kW output plus a 20 kW electric motor. The electrical system runs on a voltage of 48 volts.

Initial driving tests have shown that the E-DEUTZ machines are in no way inferior to the purely diesel-powered series version in terms of performance and dynamics. In a typical telescopic loader application the hybrid offers a consumption advantage of up to 15 percent. The all-electric version offers great potential, especially in light of the air purity problem in congested urban areas, as it enables local emission-free operation. In addition to the complete avoidance of exhaust gases, noise emissions are also significantly reduced.

DEUTZ has proven that integration of electric drives in construction machinery is possible – quickly and effectively. DEUTZ advises its customers on all aspects of electrification, from the initial concept to series production. The modular Advanced Configurator ensures maximum flexibility and tailor-made solutions.

The individual E-DEUTZ components must be adapted precisely to the requirements of the respective machine – especially to the capacity and geometry of the battery.

Within only six months, E-DEUTZ engineers equipped two telescopic handler prototypes – each with a hybrid and a fully electric drive.