Bradshaw launches high performance fully electric remote-controlled articulated trailer mover


Bradshaw, the UK’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles for industry, has announced the launch of its all-new state of the art The PT2500, a fully electric, remote-controlled, pedestrian-operated tow tractor designed for moving articulated lorry trailers up to 25 tonnes in manufacturing and distribution applications.


The PT2500 is a powerful, robust, high performance articulated trailer mover. It is easy to operate and moves trailers safely with exceptional manoeuvrability, negating the need for terminal tractors. The high-performance electric motors can tow up to 25 tonnes, and the hydraulically powered column lift can hoist up to 6,000 kg. The remote-control functionality provides enhanced flexibility, manoeuvrability, and safety and optimally uses limited space. Simple to operate and low maintenance, the PT2500 is an ideal partner for anyone working in logistics and distribution.


The remote-controlled PT2500 allows trailers to be shunted safely and efficiently with no strain to the operator. Providing excellent visibility from any angle, the PT2500 and its remote-control functionality let the operator walk around the trailer during manoeuvres, making them completely visible and providing the ability to be their own banksman, all from a safe distance. Connecting the PT2500 to the fifth wheel is quick and easy, thanks to its precise manoeuvring abilities.


With superior manoeuvrability, the PT2500 is ideal where space is a premium, presenting outstanding turning capabilities compared with terminal tractors. The PT2500 accesses tight spaces, turning almost on itself and allowing trailers to be parked tightly, thereby optimising limited space.


Controlled via the MLTX2 bellybox transmitter, the system incorporates the latest electronic technology in a lightweight, comfortably contoured, and durable case. Easy to use, the angled lever controls enhance operator comfort. The remote-control housing is constructed from super-tough nylon to withstand shock, and the IP66-rated sealed unit can withstand harsh industrial conditions. Synthesised frequency generation enhances reliability for a robust and reliable signal. The access code system provides peace of mind, as the signal only operates the intended equipment. Designed to minimise power consumption, the NiMH battery packs provide longer life between charges. The PT2500 remote comes with two battery packs, one for the remote control and a backup; both can be charged on the vehicle.


The PT2500 features a built-in air compressor system to operate trailer brakes utilising a dual-air brake system via the service and emergency air lines. When the tractor brakes are activated, the trailer service brakes are also activated and vice versa. The trailer mover features an e-stop; if the e-stop on either vehicle or remote is activated, this will dump the air, activating the emergency trailer brakes. A speed limiter controlled via a pressure sensor on the mast hydraulics activates when operating the fifth wheel, reducing the vehicle’s speed during coupling. The vehicle also features electronic regenerative braking under deceleration and dynamic speed-sensing to prevent over speeding. An automatically applied transmission parking brake ensures the vehicle remains stationary when not in use.


The robust and powerful high-performance trailer mover features an 80-volt AC controller, and the high-capacity 80v 210Ah lead-acid batteries provide high initial torque and smooth acceleration. Fully electric, the PT2500 is a sustainable, environment-friendly, and cost-effective alternative to diesel shunters. Producing zero emissions and no exhaust fumes, the articulated trailer mover can be used indoors for a healthier working environment. In addition, the PT2500 lorry tug is silent to operate, making night and early morning operations possible, especially close to residential areas. In the absence of a combustion engine and fewer moving mechanical parts, the PT2500 is straightforward and cost-effective to maintain.


Developed for logistics and distribution, the PT2500 trailer mover has been designed to aid 24-hour operations. Negating the need for an HGV driver to be on-site, the remote-controlled technology means articulated trailer movement can be a one-person function. Anyone with operator training can operate the vehicle without an HGV licence.