Charge ahead with lithium-ion 


While traditional ICE forklifts may still be the best fit for some jobs, more applications than ever are suitable candidates for electrification, which could help operations overcome common productivity challenges, as Robert O’Donoghue, VP of Marketing and Solutions, EMEA for Hyster, explains.

Lithium-ion batteries are gaining traction. These power sources are now available in more lift truck product classes and capacities than ever before, capable of delivering the long-lasting, high performance that intensive applications require.

Here are three ways that your industrial manufacturing operations could charge ahead with lithium-ion-powered equipment.

Maximise operator comfort

With an integrated lithium-ion battery, the Hyster J2.5-3.0XNL series lift trucks deliver easy access to the spacious operator compartment. Greater headroom, more space for the operator to move their feet, and a choice of seat options all help to maximise operator comfort. This, in turn, can help support productivity.

These Hyster forklifts, which can lift up to 3 tonnes, also have a reduced weight. This leads to improved acceleration and reduced energy consumption. A repositioned centre of gravity in the design also enhances drive quality and handling, especially when cornering.

As the lithium-ion battery can be opportunity charged during operator breaks, the J2.5-3.0XNL electric lift trucks are well suited to manufacturing operations that require fast and flexible charging, with the added benefit of a maintenance-free battery (compared to a lead acid alternative).

Heavy loads and harsh conditions

Lithium-ion batteries started small, powering pallet trucks moving loads of consumer goods in and out of trailers and retail stores. Now, lithium-ion-powered forklifts, like the Hyster J10-18XD, may offer some tough industry application benefits over ICE and lead-acid battery-powered models.

The Hyster J10-18XD series can power your possibilities by reducing emissions and fuel consumption, and helping lower maintenance costs. With the benefits of lithium-ion battery power, these lift trucks offer exceptional traction power, acceleration, and visibility that will make operators feel like they’re driving a diesel truck.

For lifts up to 18 tonnes, the lithium-ion forklifts are designed to boost performance and efficiency in intensive applications. As well as powering tough indoor and outdoor handling, the integrated lithium-ion batteries also help produce higher performance throughout the charge cycle and have a longer life cycle, helping to reduce your total cost of ownership. With zero maintenance and fast charging times, this also contributes to big operational savings and more uptime.

Improve efficiency in the stores

Demanding applications need equipment that can help maximise productivity. Here, the Hyster PC1.5 can help. In industrial manufacturers’ warehouses, it provides an alternative to hand pallet trucks that uses lithium-ion battery power to deliver three times the efficiency.

Lithium-ion-powered travelling, lifting, and lowering not only improves efficiency but also reduces strain on operators in tough, busy storage operations. With a durable steel frame design and protective cover, the ultra-compact pallet trucks stand up to operational challenges and harsh environments.

To keep critical operations moving, a recharge alert flags when it is time to plug in the PC1.5 pallet truck. For more intensive operations, a large battery option with a fast charger is also available. The maintenance-free lithium-ion battery also helps to optimise uptime.

Evaluating your power options

A well-matched power source can have a significant impact on many aspects of operations, including higher productivity and lower operating costs. That is why businesses should take the time to re-evaluate today’s available power options to ensure they are getting the most from their fleet.

Hyster has developed trucks that leverage lithium-ion power to bring benefits to tough trucks for a range of manufacturing industry operations.


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