The machine, which are available in 3,000 to 4,000 lb. lifting capacities, feature the manufacturer’s AC technology that is claimed to result in "better travel speeds, consistency in performance throughout the battery charge and reduced maintenance costs".

The AC drive and lift system is designed to conserve or regenerate power, while maximizing performance efficiency between battery charges. This is said to deliver faster acceleration and higher top speeds compared to Toyota’s older Stand-Up Rider models.

Other new features include shock dampening, an isolated compartment floor and thicker floor mat with a universal low-effort brake pedal designed to reduce the strain on the operator’s ankles, knees, hips and lower back.

In addition, the new Stand-Up Rider features a redesigned contoured, cushioned padded backrest and armrest with a new larger elbow pad for operator comfort.

"With the latest in AC technology and advanced ergonomics, the new 8-Series Electric Stand-Up Rider provides superior value with outstanding performance, productivity and operator comfort," added Cesar Jimenez, national product planning and training manager at Toyota Material Handling.

Elsewhere, Toyota Material Handling North America president and CEO Brett Wood has been appointed to serve on the 2014-2015 Manufacturers Board of Advisors of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) and to the 2014-2015 Board of Governors for MHI.

"I am honoured to have been appointed to the boards of MHEDA and MHI, two essential organizations in our industry representing material handling dealers and companies," he said. "Together, with my fellow appointees, we look forward to supporting the interests of our members and raising the visibility of the material handling industry and its importance to the U.S. economy."