Linde expands forklift range powered with Lithium-ion batteries
The new models are equipped with a 90-volt lithium-ion battery with almost 120 kWh capacity
Linde Material Handling has launched electric forklift trucks in the load capacity range from six to eight tons powered with lithium-ion batteries. Since 2017, the optional equipment variant of a lithium-ion battery has been available for almost all electrically powered Linde series with a load capacity of up to five tons.
Linde has added further models to fill the last gaps in its product range, including electric counterbalance trucks that can lift loads of up to eight tons. All models in this series can be equipped with a 90-volt lithium-ion battery with almost 120 kWh capacity. Chargers with 9 kW, 17 kW and 30 kW are available, depending on how quickly the intermediate charging of the battery has to take place during operation. The lithium-ion battery enables the three-phase drive motors to accelerate the truck to 20 km/h travel speed with or without load.
According to the manufacturer, a major benefit of the new electric forklifts, in addition to lower emissions, is resistance to a wide range of temperatures. The 90-volt units operate both in frosty conditions and in industrial environments with high thermal stress. In contrast to their lead-acid counterparts, lithium-ion batteries do not heat up. This eliminates the need for breaks to cool the battery, which otherwise could sometimes last for hours.
Another advantage of lithium-ion technology in heavy-duty trucks with six to eight tons load capacities is that no battery change is required.
Björn Walter, product manager, Linde Material Handling, says: “A lead-acid battery of this size weighs about three tons and must be replaced with the help of a forklift. This not only costs time and money, but also involves numerous risks, such as injury to employees or damage to the battery or vehicle.”
In addition, lithium-ion trucks contribute to improved sustainability. This is because they generate lower levels of CO2 than forklifts with lead-acid batteries and diesel drives. The CO2 levels can be calculated precisely for each individual application using the Li-ION calculator from Linde MH. The lithium-ion battery also performs better with regard to other emissions as no harmful battery gases requiring extraction are produced during the charging process.