The Future Is Now

We are all profiting from this technology on a daily basis but probably do not even know about it. We are talking about Lithium-ion batteries (Li-Ion), which are being used in all modern mobile phones. This new technology is now entering the field of materials handling equipment and industrial trucks are adapting to Lithium-ion. But why is this an attractive battery technology?

Compared to their biggest competitor which are lead acid batteries, lithium-ion batteries offer significant advantages. The extremely high energy density is the biggest benefit of the lithium-ion battery, which increases the time and the availability of the trucks. The lithium-ion technology convinces with its low weight as well as the constant voltage during the entire operating time. Furthermore, lithium-ion batteries need less time to fully charge and interim charging does not shorten the lifetime of the lithium-ion battery.
 

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Where to use?

  • Areas of application for lead acid batteries i.e. almost every electric forklift truck and warehouseLi-Ion vs Lead acid and Nickel Metal trucks.
  • Areas of application for nickel-metal hydride batteries: Pedestrian pallet truck STILL CiTi One.
  • Areas of application for lithium-ion batteries: Low lift pallet truck EXU Li-Ion 16/18/20 as well as STILLPal­let­Shuttle.
 

Faster performance for more flexibility

 

It will take at least 7,5 hours to fully charge a lead acid battery. The lithium-ion battery only needs 40 minutes reach a capacity of 60. To reach its full capacity, the lithium-ion battery only needs 1,5 hours. Charging the lithium-ion battery interim is possible and does not cause any loss of battery capacity.
 
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Lead acid batteries suffer a capacity loss if they are not used on a regular basis. Lithium-ion batteries won’t be affected by disuse. At this point this new technology might be a little more costly but suppliers in various fields of business are expecting a drop in prices to make it a viable alternative.

STILL is the Driver of Innovation in its Industry

 

Early on STILL has been involved in this new technology and therefore has managed to equip numerous industrial trucks with lithium-ion batteries. Additionally to the towing truck CX-T, as well as the semi-automatic storage and dispense system STILLPal­let­Shuttle, STILL presented the pedestrian low lift pallet truck EXU Li-Ion at the CeMAT 2014, as another member of the lithium-ion product family.

Future developments in lithium-ion technology will have an positive impact on the compactness and performance of industrial trucks. Due to the high energy density per kilogram and therefore a reduced battery size, lithium-ion trucks are more compact and can be efficiently used in smaller storage areas. Furthermore, existing trucks can be modified to multi shift duty. An increased operating time will be possible without having to change the battery.
 
Every lithium-ion battery has a battery management system installed, which controls and oversees every single cell. Every module consists of powerful lithium-ion battery cells and controls the voltage, like in the battery management system, within the module. The robust and durable battery compartment protects all components from impacts and accidents at all times to make the EXU Li-ion a safe partner in every situation.