Combustion engines versus electric drives
Compared to alternatives with internal combustion engines, electrically-powered forklift trucks offer a whole host of benefits. They can be flexibly used both indoors and outdoors, are extremely low maintenance and reduce noise pollution considerably. In addition, they help companies to comply with increasingly stringent environmental protection regulations as they do not produce any exhaust emissions. Forklift truck manufacturers are offering more and more battery-powered models, even in the case of large forklift trucks with a load capacity of between five and eight tonnes.
Electric drives are more economical
Efficiency and cost effectiveness are key criteria in choosing battery-powered forklift truck systems. In order to keep the total operating costs (total cost of ownership, TCO) as low as possible, users must consider and analyse the three-part system - consisting of forklift truck, battery and battery charging system - as a whole. The right battery charging technology can play an important role in making forklift truck systems more economical, irrespective of whether the fleet in use has been purchased or leased.
Although battery life and maintenance costs are important factors when purchasing forklift trucks, they are irrelevant for customers with a full-service leasing contract. This is not the case for energy consumption and CO2 emissions, however: these are a concern for all users and can generate significant costs. Selectiva charging systems from Fronius with the new Ri charging process offer a clear advantage. This charging process does not follow a fixed characteristic; instead it adapts according to the age, temperature and state of charge of the individual battery. Overcharging – which causes high energy losses and harmful battery warming – can thus be reduced to a minimum.
As far as the user is concerned, this system delivers two significant advantages: it increases energy efficiency during charging - thereby reducing energy costs and CO2 emissions - and it extends the service life of the battery, both of which help to optimise the TCO for the entire forklift truck system.
Lowering energy costs
Reducing energy costs is a top priority for many companies, be it to reach company-wide benchmark values concerning the efficiency of a site, to ensure that operating costs remain constant even when turnover is higher and electricity prices are increasing, or due to incentives offered by energy suppliers, such as attractive tariffs for clients using energy sparingly.
Battery charging systems for “green logistics”
Sustainability is playing an increasingly important role in intralogistics. Customers and business partners are seeking ever more precise information about their CO2 footprint along the entire supply chain, with large companies even demanding that their suppliers take specific measures to reduce emissions.
Prolonging battery life
The bigger the battery, the bigger the investment: the traction battery is a significant cost factor when purchasing a forklift truck system, which means that the service life of the battery is crucial for the cost-effectiveness of the overall three-part system (forklift truck, battery and charging technology).