Despite the fact that when it comes to a company’s forklift fleet, decision makers almost always take the long term view, sadly some still look at the batteries that these vehicles rely on, from a purely short term, initial cost basis.

However, batteries are a vital part of the day-to-day performance of a truck and must therefore be considered as part of the overall package, because it is only by incorporating all the associated running costs that the full term cost of a vehicle/fleet can only be accurately assessed.

Truck manufacturers and finance houses are obviously under pressure to offer the most competitive purchase prices for their vehicles, so will not usually consider the battery and charging regime, which is why those with the decision making responsibility need to understand the long term implications when it comes to running costs, in order to appreciate the true lifetime costs. With VERTU from ECOBAT Battery Technologies (EBT), these considerations are brought to the forefront and the long term cost savings can be fully understood.

As well as the benefits for the end-user who actually pays the energy bills, the VERTU range also enables truck dealers to show they can deliver real long term added value benefits to their potential customers, rather than simply being ‘the cheapest’ in the initial round of negotiations.

Reduced Carbon Footprint

Important though initiatives such as water saving are, far more cost effective efficiencies can be made by saving energy, which is why cost conscious businesses committed to reducing their carbon footprint invest large sums in such ways as replacing the traditional lighting in their warehouses with energy saving LED lighting systems.

Energy saving and efficiency is at the heart of the VERTU range, delivering impressive cost savings and other benefits to users over short payback periods.

What’s The Reality?

Although the initial investment in the VERTU system would be slightly higher than using standard systems, the savings and benefits to users are substantial, which means the payback period of the additional investment is very short.

Using the example of a medium 48v single shift (a single battery and charger) counterbalance truck, operators can expect fifth-year real cost net savings of almost £2,000, with a payback time of less than 2 years. The cost saving gains become even more favourable when a VERTU system is used on a double shift operation (two batteries and one charger), which will save more than twice that amount over the same five-year period and deliver a payback time of only six months.

For the end-user, the difference is phenomenal. A typical warehouse operation running eight powered pallet trucks, four reach trucks and two large counterbalance trucks on a double shift basis, could return genuine cost savings of almost £55,000 over a five-year period by adopting a VERTU system.

As well as the savings in energy costs, the same example would deliver a hugely impressive reduction of more than 196,000Kg in the user’s CO2 emissions, which will make a dramatic contribution to reduce their carbon footprint, which is a major concern for all responsible companies.

Added Peace Of Mind

The icing on this substantial cost saving cake is that EBT provides its VERTU range with a unique 6-year/1600-cycle warranty, rather than the typical 5-year/1500-cycle warranty, which is the industry norm in the UK.

For further details, please visit ECOBAT Battery Technologies at: www.ecobat.tech

The Power Of Partnership

Successful businesses are built on solid and dependable relationships that allow them to develop and grow. ECOBAT Battery Technologies has made partnership a foundation principle at the heart of its business ethos. Developing partnership is central in its relationship with its product suppliers, with recycling specialists and of course, with its customers. These partnerships provide the environment to power business growth and define ‘the power of partnership’.