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Hyster adds Li-ion models

Thursday, 16 September 2021 ( #1043 ) - Surrey, United Kingdom
Hyster's new models have integrated lithium-ion batteries
Hyster's new models have integrated lithium-ion batteries
Hyster is the latest to offer integrated lithium-ion battery power in its counterbalance truck range, with the launch of the J2.5-3.0XNL. Engineered around a fully integrated and space-saving lithium-ion battery, the J2.5-3.0XNL series is designed to free up space in the operator compartment, maximising comfort and convenience to enable higher productivity. A choice of four truck models is available for lifts up to 3 T. "Electric lift trucks, particularly lithium-ion forklifts, are sometimes presumed less well suited to demanding industries or outdoor applications compared to IC trucks," says Phil Ireland, programme leader 20/20 platform for Hyster Europe. "While diesel and LPG trucks are often a great fit in intensive operations, the zero-emissions Hyster J2.5-3.0XNL series can be an equally powerful addition to the fleet in many industry applications." In food and beverage processing, manufacture and storage applications, forklifts are commonly found transporting and stacking pallets within an indoor warehouse. Cleanliness is non-negotiable for preventing contamination as suppliers must meet certain standards to ensure that food safety and quality are guaranteed. Thanks to the lithium-ion battery, forklifts from the Hyster J2.5-3.0XNL series have no fumes or acid which could result in a spill. The lithium-ion battery is fully integrated and does not need to be removed from the truck for charging. No lead acid batteries need to be stored on site and as the batteries are maintenance-free, they also require no watering, cleaning, or equalising. Both factors again reduce potential contact with contaminants on a clean site. With fast charging times of just one to two hours, the Hyster J2.5-3.0XNL series trucks provide an effective solution for increasing operational uptime. High-hour operations will often find that, despite the greater upfront investment, lithium-ion forklifts prove an economical choice over time compared to other power options. "Opportunity charging of the lithium-ion batteries enables the J2.5-3.0XNL trucks to top up on power during break times, with no adverse effect on battery life," says Ireland. "This alternative charging strategy also saves valuable space. Where real estate is increasingly expensive, there is no need to allocate space for battery storage, or as a charging room, so more of the building footprint can be used for profitable activities."
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