Following successful trials, Jungheinrich has launched its new lithium-ion-powered pallet truck, the EJE 112i which is now in production and available to order.

Lithium-Ion technology is said to offer several environmental and productivity benefits over traditional lead acid batteries. The battery used to power the EJE 112i weighs 14kg. It looks much like a briefcase and can be handled without lifting gear.

Charging takes just 30 minutes to deliver a 50 per cent charge and the battery is fully charged within 80 minutes. The short charging times enable more flexible truck utilisation and ‘opportunity charging’ – something that will be particularly welcome at sites running multiple shifts.

A single charge can power the truck through an eight-hour shift and, when it comes to recharging, a dedicated charging bay is not required. The battery is removed by hand and placed within a recharging docking device positioned near a power supply anywhere within the building.

The smaller, lighter battery meant Jungheinrich could reduce the size of the battery compartment and shrink the truck’s dimensions. The EJE 112i is 425mm – over 70mm less than a comparable model. The truck weighs 289kg – 30 per cent less than the weight of a lead acid powered model of the same load capacity. The lightness makes it suitable for loading and unloading lorries with tail lifts.