Jungheinrich has received a record order for more than 1,000 lithium-ion vehicles, a press release said Tuesday (July 25, 2017). The order is the world’s largest ever and the biggest in the company’s 65-year history. The name of the internationally active key account has not been disclosed. The client will use the vehicles in warehouses and shipping centres in Britain, France, Italy and Germany. More than 700 of the 1,000+ industrial trucks will consist of vertical order pickers designed for use in narrow aisle warehouses. “Jungheinrich is the undisputed number 1 for industrial trucks fitted with lithium-ion batteries. This order sets a new milestone for electro-mobility. And it underscores Jungheinrich’s unrivalled mastery of lithium-ion technology,” said Dr. Lars Brzoska, a Member of the Jungheinrich Board of Management with responsibility for Marketing & Sales.
Jungheinrich planning to increase production
Jungheinrich is the only global, industrial truck manufacturer that produces its own lithium-ion batteries resulting in a substantial increase in performance. Produced at the Jungheinrich plant in Norderstedt, Germany, the batteries are intelligent and can communicate with both the vehicle and charging device. Since 2014, Jungheinrich has experienced an annual 300 per cent increase in sales of its lithium-ion batteries. The ongoing strong global demand has boosted the group’s plans to expand manufacturing capacity considerably.
Brzoska pointed out: “Currently no other intralogistics brand has more lithium-ion vehicles in operation than Jungheinrich. We are the technology leader in the field and are setting worldwide standards. Jungheinrich is the world’s only ‘one-stop shop’ for complete systems – from the charging device and the battery to the actual lithium-ion vehicle. The high performance standards of lithium-ion batteries means it will be possible to electrify application fields that are currently dominated by IC powered engines.”
Shorter charging times, longer life
Apart from high performance, lithium-ion technology leads to faster charging times, zero maintenance and a particularly long product life. The fast and short interim charging times mean fleets can be operated continuously 24/7. The lithium-ion batteries do not emit gases or acid meaning special charging stations with expensive exhaust systems are no longer required.
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