New lithium ion battery for walkie pallet truck

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

HOUSTON, Texas — Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA), the provider of Jungheinrich lift trucks and narrow aisle products in the United States, Canada and Mexico, today introduced its new lithium-ion (110 Ah) 24-volt battery option for its Jungheinrich EJE 120 walkie pallet truck available in North America.

Using the latest lithium-ion technology, the Jungheinrich maintenance-free battery features an impressive life expectancy of up to 3,000 discharge cycles. By comparison, the average service life for lead-acid batteries ranges from 900 to 1,200 cycles.

“With fast and efficient charging times, the EJE walkie pallet truck with lithium-ion technology allows increased vehicle availability and greater flexibility for day-to-day warehouse tasks,” said Chad Munger, product line manager at MCFA.

“The newly designed lithium-ion battery also provides a high level of efficiency when charging – allowing it to quickly reach 50 percent charge status after 85 minutes with its on-board charger. This results in an energy savings of more than 20 percent.”

Unique benefits of the Jungheinrich EJE walkie pallet truck with lithium-ion battery include:

  • Unrestricted usage and quick charging capacity – The Jungheinrich lithium-ion battery does not emit gas or utilize acid, allowing it to be used in sensitive applications like food storage.
  • Increased vehicle availability and high level of energy efficiency – The battery may be used continuously in multi-shift operations. The increased efficiency in comparison to conventional lead-acid batteries significantly reduces energy costs.
  • Optimized charging processes with high-frequency charger – Extremely short charging times guarantee a high level of vehicle availability and greater flexibility for day-to-day warehouse tasks. Fifty percent of the battery is reached after only 85 minutes of charging time. Full charge is reached after only 210 minutes, and the charge can be interrupted at any time with no adverse effects.
  • No battery maintenance – The lithium-ion battery is maintenance-free, largely eliminating the cost of battery upkeep, maintenance and infrastructure. In addition, the enclosed design (IP54 rating) protects the battery from dirt, dust and splashed water.
  • Integrated Battery Management System (BMS) – The Jungheinrich BMS continually monitors energy management and ensures reliable operation. The current charge state appears in the vehicle’s display (SOC) and includes the recovery of battery power.