Lift Vehicles Go Green with Lithium-Ion Batteries
Lift vehicles were traditionally powered by internal combustion engines just like cars.
But now, there has been an increase in the number of electric-powered lift vehicles found in factories, industrial plants and warehouses in Australia and throughout the world.
It is estimated that about 65% of all lift vehicles now use electric power. As for the remaining internal combustion lift vehicles, they are regularly being modified to be more power efficient.
However, the efficiency is not nearly as impressive as what electric power can provide.
In fact, the electric motors in lift vehicles are being changed from direct current motors to alternating current motors.
This will greatly boost the amount of time available to use your lift vehicle on a fully charged lithium-ion battery.
The Popularity of Electric Forklifts
With the advancement of lithium-ion battery technology, electric forklifts are now more popular than ever for all types of lift vehicles.
Previously, it was difficult to create an electric forklift that had a high lift capacity.
Now there is a Cargotec branch called Kalmar that has manufactured an electric forklift that has a lift capacity of between 9 and 18 tons. No carbon emissions are produced by this machine. There aren’t even any vibrations or noise generated while the vehicle is in operation.
Of course, the brand of the electric forklift does not even matter. As long as it is 100% battery powered, it will protect the environment from nasty air pollution.
In addition, electric forklifts are actually cheaper than internal combustion forklifts. The average price of the latter is about four times as much as the former.
Plus, you’ll never need to spend money on fuel for the engine. Meanwhile, the electric forklift is more productive in its performance.
Lithium-ion batteries are replacing the older acid batteries previously used in electric forklifts. It is estimated that lithium-ion batteries will run up to three times longer than an acid battery on a full charge.
Speaking of which, it takes 33% less time to fully charge a lithium-ion battery, greatly increasing production in a factory where they need their forklifts readily available.
Don’t worry about the temperature, either, because the newest lithium-ion batteries can sustain productivity in temperatures as low as 40 below zero.
If a company operates a factory in a cold region of the world, like Russia or Alaska, then these batteries will be extremely useful for forklifts in those areas.
Not all lithium-ion batteries are created equal. You will find some that provide your electric forklift with more usage time than others.
At the MODEX 2018 event, there were plenty of exhibits showing the latest lithium-ion batteries for forklifts. One company, Navitas System, showcased its unique lithium-ion battery, which was built with a customised computer in it for communication purposes.
Another major battery company, Exide Technologies, displayed its lithium-ion battery at the trade show.
Their battery is called GNB LiFTFORCE LPX. It can be fully charged in 15 minutes, as much as eight times faster than an acid-based battery. The best part is there are fewer maintenance requirements and a greater overall life cycle per charge.
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