The largest Linde brand electric trucks are now also available with lithium-ion batteries

The largest Linde brand electric trucks are now also available with lithium-ion batteries

Linde completes lithium-ion range

Linde Material Handling has now added further models to fill the last gaps in its product range, including electric counterbalance trucks that can lift loads of up to 8 tonnes

October 2018

The last gap has been filled: The largest Linde brand electric forklift trucks in the load capacity range from six to eight tonnes are now also available with lithium-ion batteries. This gives customers of intralogistics specialist Linde Material Handling a choice of lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries for all electric counterbalanced trucks and almost the entire range of warehouse equipment.

It all started with pallet trucks four years ago, and 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 tonnes. Now Linde Material Handling 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 tonnes.

“Only very few manufacturers offer electric forklifts in this load category,” emphasised Björn Walter, product manager Counterbalanced Trucks at Linde Material Handling. “We are therefore proud to provide a complete solution consisting of a lithium-ion battery plus a charger for these heavy-duty vehicles too. This is where the benefits of lithium-ion technology, such as longer availability and doing away with the need to change batteries, as well as positive effects like higher driving speeds and favourable temperature behavior, are particularly evident,” he added.

All models in this series can be equipped with a powerful 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. Thanks to the lithium-ion battery, the maintenance-free three-phase drive motors accelerate the truck to 20 km/h travel speed with or without load – a significant advantage compared to the corresponding lead-acid models, the company said. This goes hand in hand with a corresponding performance gain.



Added to this is the great robustness of heavy-duty trucks with lithium-ion battery – not least with regard to prevailing ambient 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 means that the otherwise required breaks for cooling the battery, which sometimes last for hours, are no more. 

Another advantage of lithium-ion technology is particularly evident in heavy-duty trucks with six to weight tonnes load capacity: No battery change is required. “A lead-acid battery of this size weighs about three tonnes and must be replaced with the help of a forklift, for example,” said Walter. “This not only costs time and money, but also involves numerous risks, such as injury to employees or damage to the battery or vehicle,” he added.



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. How much 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: No harmful battery gases requiring extraction are produced during the charging process.

“There is a strong case for lithium-ion technology,” said Walter in conclusion. “With our comprehensive range, generous warranty modalities and flexible battery rental contracts, we are now ensuring further growth dynamics,” he added.

Linde Material Handling, a KION Group company, is a leading global manufacturer of forklift trucks and warehouse trucks, and a solutions and service provider for intralogistics. With a sales and service network that spans more than 100 countries, the company is represented in all major regions around the world.

In the 2017 financial year, the Linde MH EMEA Operating Unit (Europe, Middle East, Africa) recorded a total revenue of roughly €3.1 billion ($3.62 billion), with approximately 11,000 employees worldwide. Global sales of Linde trucks amounted to over 124,000 in 2017.

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