Any business that uses forklifts has to decide between one which has an internal combustion engine (ICE) or one with an electric engine. ICE forklifts have a lower upfront cost, are versatile and are faster and easier to refuel. However, forklift maintenance is more demanding for ICE machines, the long term costs of refuelling an ICE forklift is greater than recharging an electric forklift and internal combustion engines release carbon monoxide emissions. Electric forklifts have lower costs of ownership, improve operator economics, are better for the environment and require less maintenance and repair. The disadvantages of electric forklifts are being difficult to use outside, requiring more storage space, and they are more difficult to refuel.

This article was first published in the November 15th 2021 issue of Warehouse & Logistics News, subscribe to the magazine by clicking here.

Hoppecke has launched a new industrial battery range, purpose-designed for heavy duty applications. Featuring a unique ‘Connect Four’ structure, the trak | uplift quadro offers longer running times, as the technology delivers up to 75% more usable capacity compared to a classic PzS cell under load. A fast-charging capability ensures better battery availability.

The first container of GS Yuasa’s brand-new Traction batteries has landed in the UK. Delivered to the Bristol-based Battery Technologies UK Ltd, the specialist 2 Volt traction batteries are new to GS Yuasa’s European offering and developed specifically for the traction market. GS Yuasa’s new range of batteries has been designed for use in applications ranging from forklift trucks to materials handling equipment and floor cleaning machines.

The new Fronius Selectiva 4.0 96V and 120V chargers offer safe and efficient charging for all common lead-acid batteries in high performance classes. The devices have characteristic curves for lead battery types (e.g. PzS, EPzS, PzQ, CSM) with different voltages. This simplifies the charging processes and helps industrial truck operators to save costs.

EUROBAT, the association of European automotive and industrial battery manufacturers, is pleased to confirm that Freyr has decided to become a EUROBAT member. FREYR is an emerging producer of clean battery solutions for a better planet. Fuelled by low-cost hydro and wind energy, FREYR designs and manufactures high-density and cost-competitive lithium-ion batteries with a reduced carbon footprint for the rapidly growing global markets for electric mobility, stationary energy storage, marine and aviation applications.

BESS (battery energy storage system) from Connected Energy are made from second life EV batteries, typically 24 second-life Renault Kangoos. The BESS technology uses EV batteries exactly as they are in the car but in a storage system. This means all the safety and R&D invested in the batteries remains intact as the batteries start their second life.

It is most welcome to observe the continuing innovation in the power sources that keep the forklifts working to serve the warehouse and logistics sector.

George Simpson

Features Editor

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