Linde launches electric forklift trucks powered by Saft lithium-ion batteries

Saft's state-of-the-art lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries provide the onboard power for Linde's new generation of electric forklift trucks presented at CeMAT 2011, the intralogistics trade fair taking place at the Hannover Messe, Germany. Linde, a leading provider of high quality and innovative material handling vehicles, is introducing the Saft Li-ion batteries as an alternative to lead-acid batteries to enable operators to enjoy a significantly extended operating range and reduced charging periods, as well as a longer service life and reduced maintenance for optimum total cost of ownership (TCO).

"Electric materials handling vehicles are frequently in operation 24/7, so they require batteries cable of delivering exceptional reliability and high performance over a long service life," says Xavier Delacroix, General Manager of Saft's IBG division. "Linde's decision to select our Li-ion batteries for their new generation forklift trucks is further confirmation of their proven capability to offer significant operational advantages in even the most demanding applications."
Saft has worked closely with Linde's engineering team to develop a tailor-made Li-ion battery solution that offers the optimum combination of performance, power-to-weight ratio, reliability, life and safety. Ergonomic improvements for the electric forklift were made possible by the design freedom offered by the Li-ion battery.
Saft Li-ion batteries are featured on two Linde vehicles making their debut at CeMAT: the E25 BR387 2.5 ton stacking forklift truck and the T16 pallet truck. These batteries incorporate Saft Li-ion VL cells assembled in a specific series-parallel configuration to provide the optimum energy required.

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