HOUSTON – Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA), which manufactures forklifts under the Jungheinrich brand, has launched Lithium-ion battery technology.
The release includes lithium-ion battery solutions in addition to integrated batteries to support more than 40 electric forklifts across the Jungheinrich product line.
Lithium-ion technology provides improved energy efficiency when compared to conventional lead-acid technologies. It offers a greater depth of discharge and a constant voltage, meaning more power is available even when the battery is running low.
The batteries’ high level of efficiency when charging and energy recuperation during braking facilitates more than a 20 percent energy savings.
“We’re excited to launch our Lithium-ion battery power solutions to the North American market,” said Jenna Reed, product marketing manager.
“The Jungheinrich Lithium-ion battery technology combines proven technology with an efficient battery management system. The combination translates into greater run times and increased productivity. Customers who are seeking to transition from lead-acid to Lithium-ion technology can also save considerably on overhead expenses, such as battery supply, chargers and in some instances even fleet size.”
Additionally, lithium-ion batteries can last up to three times longer than traditional energy storage units. Their endurance and higher efficiency rating can save on power costs.
Furthermore, the new Lithium-ion battery solution is maintenance-free and does not emit gas. This capability eliminates the cost of battery upkeep, maintenance and infrastructure needs, resulting in a lower fleet management cost depending on the application.