The Future Is Now
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.
Where to use?
- Areas of application for lead acid batteries i.e. almost every electric forklift truck and warehouse 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
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
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.