What kind of object do you imagine when you hear the term “forklift truck”? You might get a good idea from a description of a work vehicle for industry with two horizontal forks that can move up and down attached to its front, enabling it to lift and carry cargo weighing many tons. Having been involved with various engine-type and battery-type forklift trucks in the field of industrial vehicles, the General Machinery & Special Vehicle Headquarters recently unveiled the world’s first environmentally-conscious engine and battery hybrid-type. I visited the production factory in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture.