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Hoppecke converts lead-acid trucks and equipment to lithium-ion with ease

* Hoppecke-converts.jpgWith the launch of its next generation technology Hoppecke Industrial Batteries is making it even easier as well as highly cost-effective for logistics operations to convert their fleets or cleaning contractors to convert their large cleaning machines from lead-acid to lithium-ion batteries.

Developed by Hoppecke group company Intilion, the new trak / powerpack lion is a modular lithium-ion energy system that can be installed in the industrial trucks, cleaning machines and the like, that are designed to take lead-acid batteries, with no requirement for vehicle/equipment-specific adjustments.

In each trak / powerpack lion system there is a 2.2kWh-24.5kWh battery, a corresponding high-frequency charger and an adapter tray to ensure smooth and safe operation along with optimum equipment performance and improved productivity.

"We're really excited about our latest lithium-ion battery technology because almost any fleet can be converted quickly, efficiently and at a sensible cost," says Stuart Browne, operations director - sales and service at Hoppecke UK.

"By offering a customised solution that takes into consideration applications and workflows we're able to optimise costs at the outset, and since the trak / powerpack lion is available to rent, businesses can reap the benefits whilst avoiding large capital commitments."

The 24v and 48v batteries offer capacities of 85Ah to 510Ah whilst the 80v batteries can generate 480Ah and all batteries incorporate high-end lithium-ion cells (NMC) capable of being fully charged in under 60 minutes. The design of Hoppecke's chargers not only allows batteries to be charged quickly, safely and with maximum efficiency, but also promotes careful handling to prolong service life. Irrespective of the state of charge, batteries can be stored for at least six months with no risk of deep discharge.

The high charging current facilitates continuous vehicle/equipment operation with only a 30-minute intermediate charge. Significant energy savings are possible due to high efficiency charging, which reduces day-to-day operational costs and protects the environment. The chargers provide performance and consumption data and can be linked to a management system for enhanced reporting. A separate plug connector allows charging via the adapter tray, which is installed within the battery compartment along with steel counterweights to ensure minimum battery weight.

Businesses that switch from lead-acid to lithium-ion battery technology benefit from more efficient processes and greater productivity whilst decentralised recharging brings cost savings. Reduced travel distances and quick recharging during breaks eliminates any requirement for extra vehicles/equipment or replacement systems.

Complying with safety standards EN1175:2018 and EN62061, Hoppecke's trak / powerpack lion energy system is also suitable for utility vehicles, construction machinery, lifting platforms and cold storage. It even meets the demands of electric and hybrid boats and locomotives.

Stuart concludes: "With our next generation lithium-ion energy system customers enjoy a quicker return on their investment thanks to longer service life, no maintenance costs and lower energy consumption. It is extremely versatile and can be deployed quickly even in vehicles/equipment which the manufacturer originally specified with lead-acid batteries."

Hoppecke Industrial Batteries is the leading specialist for industrial battery systems and at the same time the largest battery manufacturer in European ownership. Hoppecke offers to its customers around the world concepts for efficient and reliable power supply for every industrial application. A leading exponent of environmental care for more than 90 years, Hoppecke offers solutions for a variety of industries including motive power, reserve power for IT/telecoms, power stations, solar energy and UPS, special power for rail and underground.

Hoppecke's UK operation is based in Newcastle-Under-Lyme in the Midlands and the parent company has customers and business partners in many countries around the world, including Europe, the US and China.

T: 01782 667305
W: www.hoppecke.com

10th October 2019

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