New lithium ion elec­tric fork­lifts here

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - Feature -

NEW ZEALAND’S RANGE OF HANGCHA elec­tric fork­lifts has a new lithium ion-pow­ered model that’s safer, more ver­sa­tile and more user-friendly. NZ dis­trib­u­tor North­ern Fork­lifts says that the Hangcha XC is a pre­mium-per­for­mance two-tonne to 3.5t ca­pac­ity coun­ter­bal­ance fork­lift range, de­signed specif­i­cally for lithium bat­tery power.

It con­tin­ues Hangcha’s part­ner­ship with lithium bat­tery man­u­fac­turer CATL, which sees it al­ready of­fer­ing lithium bat­tery op­tions on most of its elec­tric fork­lifts, in­clud­ing pow­ered pal­let trucks, stack­ers, reach trucks and all A-Se­ries coun­ter­bal­ance fork­lifts up to 5t.

The dis­trib­u­tor says that whereas “most coun­ter­bal­ance ma­chines have the heavy lead acid bat­tery mounted rel­a­tively high in the chas­sis” (to al­low ac­cess to the top for check­ing wa­ter and to vent the bat­tery while charg­ing), the smaller XC lithium bat­ter­ies are mounted low.

This de­liv­ers “a much lower cen­tre of grav­ity…greatly en­hanc­ing sta­bil­ity and there­fore op­er­a­tor safety.”

An ad­di­tional safety fea­ture on the XC is a func­tion that au­to­mat­i­cally slows the ma­chine dur­ing turns to fur­ther re­duce rollover risk.

North­ern Fork­lifts also points out that lithium bat­ter­ies are main­te­nance­free (no wa­ter­ing, no acid) and don’t re­lease po­ten­tially ex­plo­sive gas while charg­ing. They’re also much smaller than com­pa­ra­ble lead acid units and can be re­moved much more eas­ily (and safely) – us­ing a pal­let truck, rather than a gantry or an­other fork­lift.

The ma­chine also has im­proved op­er­a­tor er­gonomics (in­clud­ing ex­tra footspace), eas­ier ac­cess to com­po­nents and in­stru­men­ta­tion – in­clud­ing ad­justable op­er­at­ing pa­ram­e­ters such as top speed, re­gen brake force and self-di­ag­no­sis for fault-find­ing – that is con­ve­niently lo­cated at eye level on the over­head guard.

The elec­tric drive and hy­draulic mo­tors are “ex­tremely quiet and pow­er­ful and can be com­bined with a sus­pen­sion op­er­a­tor’s seat – with in­te­grated fin­ger­tip con­trols – for op­ti­mum com­fort and a fa­tigue-free work­ing day.”

The XC’s high wa­ter and dust-re­sis­tance rat­ings al­low it to be used out­side in the rain or in a dusty yard. The CATL bat­ter­ies’ in­built heat­ing ca­pa­bil­ity mean the XC can also be used in freez­ers with no dropoff in per­for­mance, says North­ern Fork­lifts.

The lithium ion bat­ter­ies pro­vide full bat­tery power right up to recharge time….and a full recharge takes just two hours. They can also be “op­por­tu­nity charged as of­ten as needed, without af­fect­ing over­all bat­tery life.”The main­te­nance-free bat­ter­ies have a five-year/10,000-hour war­ranty.

North­ern Fork­lifts sees the Hangcha XC as “par­tic­u­larly suited to the high util­i­sa­tion cus­tomer who’s look­ing for max­i­mum per­for­mance from an elec­tric fork­lift in var­ied con­di­tions.”


The new Hangcha XC fork­lifts join a lithium bat­tery lineup that al­ready in­cludes elec­tric fork­lifts, pow­ered pal­let trucks, stack­ers, reach trucks and all A-Se­ries coun­ter­bal­ance fork­lifts up to five tonnes

The low-mounted lithium ion bat­ter­ies in the new range al­low a lower cen­tre of grav­ity, thus en­hanc­ing the fork­lifts' sta­bil­ity

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