Smart lithium-ion industrial forklift truck batteries

There are high expectations on industrial truck batteries. They must be high performing every day during long work shifts and it is one of the most widely used battery types. The truck is the key work tool in many business operations. Enhancing these tools by switching to lithium-ion batteries has many advantages. Not least is it a wise investment that pays off long-term.

Transitioning from lead batteries is not only economically advantageous, it is also essential from an environmental perspective. Many companies are environmentally aware, and it is a natural choice to take actions that reduce their impact on the environment. Still, many of these companies continue to use lead-acid batteries. Lithium-ion technology in truck batteries is a conscious environmental choice while also providing long-term economic benefits.

Advantages – lithium-ion batteries

  • Increased efficiencies in storage handling
  • Quick charging
  • Cost effective
  • No lead or oxyhydrogen in the workplace
  • No need for special-purpose charging rooms
  • Long-term investment
  • Lower service costs
  • More durable

Charge forklift truck batteries with lithium-ion technology

To charge a truck battery is quick with lithium technology. The battery is charged within an hour and ready for another work shift. The recharging can be spread throughout the working day and preferably be done during tea or lunch breaks. Charging a lead-acid battery is complicated. The first step is the prime charge where the consumed energy is filled to the battery. The next step is the topping charge, when another 5-20% is filled, which makes the electrolytes mix and balance. The battery should not be discharged more than 80%, to avoid damaging the battery. Each charging cycle must be fully completed for the battery to perform better in the long run. As the battery is being recharged over time, it will be necessary to add distilled water to the battery.

A battery from Alelion has a lifespan of up to 15 years, while lead-acid batteries have an expected lifespan of 3-5 years. Longer lifespan reduces resource waste, which is good for the planet and also for one’s financial situation.

We manufacture lithium-ion batteries for counterbalance forklifts, warehouse trucks and pallet trucks for companies such as Toyota Material Handling and Jungheinrich. We have a preferred supplier status with these companies, which is evidence of the high quality of our batteries. A truck battery has a strong ROI (return on investment). The pay-back of a lithium truck battery is easily achieved considering the long lifespan of the battery, the high number of charging cycles, the non-existent need of service, the extremely fast charging and the fact that no charging room is required.

Durability

Alelion lithium-ion batteries are more durable, with up to three times the lifespan of conventional lead batteries. Making the switch to lithium-ion batteries is a long-term investment that pays off both economically and environmentally. Buying an industrial forklift truck with lithium-ion technology is more expensive, but this is quickly offset by the battery’s superior characteristics.

Are you working for a company that uses trucks in its operations and are you interested in switching over to lithium-ion batteries? Contact us and we will support you with a successful procurement.

Industrial forklift truck manufacturers, please contact us for more information about how together we can contribute to smarter energy use. We are always open for new collaborations.

Maintenance free and safe

You have a choice when you buy forklift trucks and batteries. One option involves replacing the battery roughly four times in the coming five years, servicing them and doing battery changes between and during work shifts. The other option is to invest in maintenance-free lithium-ion batteries that last up to 15 years without having to be replaced and that recharge during a tea break.

A lithium-ion battery has the same power regardless if it is fully charged or if it is charged to 15%. A lead-acid battery drops in power when the battery becomes less charged, which could lead to a safety hazard when the truck suddenly does not have enough power to perform a lift.

We work with cell chemistry in our batteries, which leads to a safer workplace. This means an end to both heavy lifting of lead batteries and worries about cancerous substances in the batteries. Lead is a highly hazardous heavy metal, which is largely banned today, but is still used in lead-acid batteries. Lead has previously also been present in, for example, petrol, colour pigments and other alloys.

Today, we make forklift truck batteries for several different forklift models and tailor make batteries for specific forklifts, models or according to the customer's specific requirements.

Alelion can further assist with calculating the repayment time for an investment by comparing current costs to those relevant after a shift over to lithium. Most customers have a repayment period of less than 2-3 years. In addition, there will be long-term positive impacts on the environment.

Smarter batteries

An Alelion-battery can be configured to communicate with both the user and the truck. The battery can alert the user in advance when it is time to recharge, or how many further lifts that can be performed on existing battery power. Overheating will trigger a warning in the battery which will be communicated to the truck and the operation will be interrupted. The battery’s ability to communicate with the user allows for efficient workday planning and improved user safety.

Reduced waste of resources

Our batteries consume up to 30% less energy compared to lead batteries. This results in lower CO2 emissions and reduced impacts on the environment. Besides using less energy, lithium-ion batteries allow for higher productivity and are, with their superior energy density, better energy-storing batteries.

 

 

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2018-09-03 Ministerial visit to Alelion's new factory powers up a shared green vision

Energy Minister Ibrahim Baylan discussed electric mobility, innovation and green energy with the West Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Alelion, while touring their brand new Lithium-Ion battery factory - at the heart of Sweden's largest green energy mobility initiative.

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2017-03-02 Alelion is looking for new employees

Alelion is growing and is hiring to extend the team.

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2016-12-13 New recruitments

Alelion reinforces with five new recruitments

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2016-09-09 Cooperation between Alelion and Crown on Lithium-Ion forklift batteries

At the IMHX exhibition, starting September 13th in Birmingham, a selected range of Alelion’s energy storage products, such as the 48-Volt Lithium-Ion forklift batteries, will be visible at the Crown stand 10J61.

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2016-09-08 Alelion continues expansion

We are pleased to welcome to our team Åsa Nordström and Magnus Spjelkavik.

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2016-09-06 Alelion gets its first order outside of Europe. A distribution centre in Australia chooses lithium-ion batteries for their forklifts.

The total order value for the project runs up to SEK 12 million and Alelion has received its first partial order of SEK 4.45 million. A newly built central warehouse has chosen to equip its complete fleet of forklifts with lithium-ion-batteries from Alelion.

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2016-09-05 Alelion undergoes ISO-audit without any remark

In September a current audit concerning ISO-9001 and ISO-14001 was performed without any remark

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2016-06-21 Trading begins in Alelion on Nasdaq First North today June 21

Alelion Energy Systems AB (publ), a leading supplier of environmentally friendly lithium-ion energy storage systems for industrial trucks, implements listing of shares and warrants on the Nasdaq First North after passing the listing application. The first trading of the shares will be today 21 June 2016 and for TO1 on 30 June.

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2016-04-11 Alelion Batteries AB is looking for a Sales Engineer

We are looking for sales engineers that likes and feels at home in an international environment.

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2016-03-31 Alelion reinforces

Peter Tammpere will join Alelion as Systems Engineer in the Alelion R&D department.

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2016-03-18 Website Update

We have refreshed our website

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2016-03-03 Alelion continues expansion

Alexander Karlsson has been recruited as R&D engineer.

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2015-12-18 New Director of Finance

The Alelion team continues to grow. The latest step is with a new Director of Finance