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Exide to power JCB’s electric forklifts

Battery manufacturer Exide Technologies has been selected by JCB to power its new range of electric Teletruks.

Under the partnership, Exide’s GNB batteries and high-frequency chargers will be supplied with each new E-Tec forklift rolling off the production line. Exide will also provide exclusive service and support across Europe.

JCB chose Exide based on the reliability and performance of its technology, its decades of experience in the electrical motive power market and the high level of support that it offers.

“We’re delighted to have been selected as JCB’s energy storage partner for the E-Tec range, and we look forward to working with JCB as it adds more electric forklifts,” said Vic Sayer, UK applications and contracts manager- Motive Power at Exide Technologies. “Electric forklifts are the future. They help create a cleaner environment, increase safety for workers, reduce noise levels, and make businesses ready for future legislation. They also make it much easier to seamlessly operate inside and outside the warehouse from the same forklift – a major advantage of the JCB 30-19E.”

A energy storage solution based on a GNB Marathon Classic battery was selected for the JCB 30-19E, the first forklift in the E-Tec range. It is paired with an 2,100 hp, three phase intelligent high-frequency reporting charger, which can recharge it in eight hours from 80 per cent depth of discharge. A complete battery, charger and BFS watering system comes with every new truck supplied from the UK factory. Integral fork pockets allow battery packs to be easily exchanged from the rear of the forklift.