The first wave of Large capacity machinery and Forklifts are coming to the construction industry. Electrification is commonplace in the modern era with things like cars and busses seeing increasingly large battery sizes that enable them to run for full days without recharging.
Wiggins Yard eBull Forklift: XL Lifts
The New Wiggins Yard eBull Forklift is the first commercialised fully electric large capacity forklift to be made in the US. Although it is currently available in the US, we don’t have any current indication of a UK release date.
The forklift has a capacity of 30,000-70,000 pounds and included lithium-ion batteries with fast-charging, provided by the modern electric trucking company Thor Trucks. This is the same company who is currently preparing to take on Tesla with their latest vehicle which has been picked by the American Package Delivery company UPS to be used as a part of their fleet of vehicles.
COO for Thor Trucks, Giordano Sordoni commented: “Forklifts are one of the many practical applications of fully-electric powertrains.” “The vehicles stay close to their home base and have access to industrial power, plus the noise reduction and increased efficiency will benefit industrial yards tremendously.”
We hope to see many more electric forklifts in use in the close future in addition to being included in our forklift training courses.
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XL Lifts president Mike Marzahl says Wiggins Lift Company is revolutionising the high-capacity, electric forklift industry.
“The first of its kind, the Wiggins Yard eBull will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sound pollution, while enabling industrial companies to do their jobs.”
The biggest driver of demand for lithium-ion batteries is the global push for the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) and the phasing out of internal combustion engines.
The global automotive battery market is expected to be worth $US54.5 billion ($75.2 billion) by 2022 — growing at a rate of 5.7 per cent each year.
Wood Mackenzie senior analyst Rory McCarthy told Stockhead that the market for EVs in terms of battery demand will far exceed that of stationary storage.
There also won’t be any substitute for lithium in batteries — at least not for the foreseeable future, according to Mr McCarthy.
“We have seen all the major car manufacturers invest upstream in the lithium-ion battery value chain meaning they are now banking on it, and consumer electronics, we expect this to be the dominant technology in the market,” he said.
“The scale of demand expected for lithium-ion, particularly for EVs will drive technology improvements, cost reductions and ultimately reduce technology risk making it a lower cost and more bankable form of battery storage than others out there. There will be a place for other technologies, but lithium-ion will dominate.”
To satisfy the demand coming from car makers, at least 3.5 million tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) will be required.
By comparison, just 200,000 tonnes of LCE is produced at the moment.
Author: Angela East