Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has launched a new highly efficient, emissions-free lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology for its 5-9 ton electric forklift truck range. Already commonly used in a wide range of products, from consumer electronics to electric cars, Li-ion technology brings significant advantages over traditional lead-acid batteries for electric forklift equipment.
Li-ion batteries can be fast-charged during breaks in work, significantly improving the productivity of forklifts. They also eliminate the need for frequent battery changes as well as costly additional batteries and the associated equipment required to replace them. Because charging is emissions-free, the batteries can be charged anywhere in the facility, removing the need for expensive acid-protected charging areas. Furthermore, Li-ion batteries last three to five times longer than lead-acid batteries, are cooler and waste less energy in overcharge.
Peter Ivarsson, Director Sales and Marketing, Forklift Trucks at Kalmar: "Our electric forklift trucks already offer savings from fewer and shorter standstills, faster and simpler maintenance, and longer service life. The new Li-ion battery technology makes them even more attractive as investment. This improvement is a great example of how we support our customers' operational and environmental goals through developing cost-effective and sustainable solutions."
Source and top image: Cargotec
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