It was not until the 1950’s that the focus shifted to battery electric powered trucks, and during this time Sichelschmidt produced many specialized machines for a wide array of applications. Sichelschmidt was not slow in responding to new trends, setting the course for the company’s future development. In the early 1960’s it designed and built the first Explosion-proof electric forklift for a Düsseldorf based chemical company. Today Sichelschmidt stands as the worldwide leading producer and technical innovator in this niche sector. In 1992 Sichelschmidt consolidated its reputation as a true pioneer when it introduced AC technology in electric vehicles onto the global market, which eventually lead to Sichelschmidt being the first company to offer a complete line of state-of-the-art AC forklift drive systems.