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Crown moves to Li-ion

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 ( #915 ) - New Bremen, OH, United States
V-Force Lithium-Ion Energy Storage System
V-Force Lithium-Ion Energy Storage System
Crown Equipment Corporation has introduced the V-Force Lithium-Ion Energy Storage System (ESS) for forklift users considering alternative energy sources to achieve lower operational costs and enhance productivity and efficiency. Initially available for the Crown WP Series pallet truck, the V-Force Lithium-Ion ESS will be available for Crown's complete line of forklifts in 2019. The components of the V-Force Lithium-Ion ESS include a UL-listed lithium-ion battery pack, a compatible V-Force UL-listed charger and a fully integrated battery management system to extend battery life by preventing operation outside of warrantied conditions. Using the truck display, the system shows battery discharge levels, and alerts the operator through an early warning system before truck operation is stopped. Lithium-ion batteries can be opportunity-charged during operator breaks without adversely affecting battery life, which can contribute to longer run times and remove the need for battery changing. They do not emit gas during charging and do not require special battery rooms. The batteries are also maintenance-free, which eliminates the need for battery watering. All V-Force Lithium-Ion ESSs will be sold and supported by Crown's extensive global retail network as part of Crown's complete materials handling solutions.