Lithium-ion technology (Lithium Iron Phosphate), was developed jointly by HANGCHA and CATL under the joint venture company, Hangzhou Pengcheng New Energy Technology Co, Ltd., for use in material handling equipment applications. These innovative and reliable battery cells are manufactured to the highest standard on the premises of Hangcha Group’s main industrial campus exclusively for HANGCHA’s full material handling equipment line.
High Energy Density
The lithium-ion battery packs found in our forklifts have DOUBLE the energy density of a lead-acid battery that has the same dimensions. The voltage supply is also stable throughout the energy discharge. Both of these lead to longer run times for the end-user.
Hangcha Group’s lithium-ion forklifts take 2 hours to fully charge compared to charging a lead-acid battery truck for 8-10 hours and allowing it to cool down for another 8-10 hours. The lithium-ion technology also allows for the trucks to run in three-shift environments thanks to opportunity charging. This allows the end-user to continuously run the forklifts for three shifts if they charge the battery during their breaks. The only way a lead-acid truck is able to run three shifts is by having three batteries and switching them out between shifts.
Lithium-ion battery packs do not require the manual maintenance that lead-acid battery packs do. For example, lithium-ion batteries do not need to be watered or have acid level checks performed. Because of this, our lithium-ion battery packs are virtually maintenance-free.
Battery Management System
The battery management system that Hangcha uses with the lithium-ion battery packs is designed to continually monitor the lithium-ion cells and other vital components. It offers overcharge/over-discharge protection, fault monitoring, battery health estimates, battery current/voltage detection, and a low cost/low power consumption feature. These features are all put in place to make the lithium-ion battery packs, found in Hangcha forklifts, the most reliable power option offered.
Warranty/Long Life Cycle
The lithium-ion battery packs found in Hangcha group’s material handling equipment are designed to last a long time. Because of this, Hangcha Group offers up to a 10 year or 20,000 hour warranty on our Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiPO4) battery packs. The battery packs will retain at least 80% residual capacity over 4,000 full charges. As seen in the Bathtub curve below, the lithium-ion batteries designed by Hangzhou Pengcheng New Energy Technology Co, Ltd. are considerably less prone to failures when compared to the average amount of failures a lithium-ion battery has over its life cycle.
Cold Area Application
Thanks to an electrical heating element, the lithium-ion material handling equipment can run in cold applications. When compared to a lead-acid powered truck, the batteries in the lithium-ion heat up to 32 degrees F in one-third of the time it would take the lead-acid powered truck. This allows the lithium-ion powered material handling equipment to maintain a high level of performance at temperatures below freezing.
Beneficial to the Environment
Lithium-ion batteries do not release harmful emissions into the environment, use acid, and have twice the service life when compared to lead-acid powered forklifts. They are also substantially more efficient when charging and discharging and are completely recyclable. Because of this, lithium-ion batteries are extremely beneficial to the environment.
Lithium-ion technology is extremely safe thanks to Hangzhou Pengcheng New Energy Technology Co, Ltd.’s design, battery chemistry, and testing. The battery packs are designed to not release any harmful gases, work without the use of acid, and prevent operator strain by not needing to change the battery packs as the operator would with traditional lead-acid forklifts. Thanks to the intelligent battery management system, the battery is constantly monitored to make sure the forklift is safe to operate.
The battery packs were designed to use Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) chemistry. This chemistry has been proven to be both the safest and most energy-efficient chemistry currently found in lithium-ion technology. The chemistry is also stable and won’t react with the environment if the casing were to be punctured. Lithium Iron Phosphate chemistry ensures a safer operating environment.
Hangzhou Pengcheng New Energy Technology Co, Ltd., a joint venture between Hangcha Group and CATL, perform over 273 tests to ensure the safety and reliability of the lithium-ion battery packs found in Hangcha’s lithium-ion forklift line.
Although entry cost is high, the lithium-ion product line from Hangcha Group makes up for it with a cost reduction of about 55% when compared to a lead-acid battery. This means that the total cost of ownership is significantly less than it would be with a lead-acid forklift. It is less thanks to the lithium-ion forklifts lower operating costs, efficiency, and longer times between service.