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Jungheinrich releases compact ergonomic reach truck

15 March 2018

Jungheinrich has released the ETV 216i reach truck, which is built around a permanently installed, maintenance-free lithium-ion battery.

It is said to be the first in the world with standard built-in lithium-ion battery and the manufacturer has used the advantages of this space-saving and efficient battery technology in the development of the truck. 

The ETV 216i features significantly improved ergonomics. Jungheinrich incorporated its customer's ideas and requests directly into the design of the truck. Thus, the ETV 216i offers the operator significantly more freedom of movement and enhanced all-round visibility. The result is a better level of user-friendliness and maximum safety in the warehouse.

Thanks to its especially compact design, the truck features maximum agility in the warehouse. Compared to conventional reach trucks, the ETV 216i achieves significantly increased productivity in the warehouse. Compared to conventional lead-acid batteries, the fully integrated lithium-ion batteries feature a longer service life, maintenance-free operation and better performance. This increases throughput performance and warehouse efficiency. Especially short charge intervals enable 24/7 operation, with the ETV 216i able to stack loads weighing up to 1600kg to a lift height of 10.7 metres.

I got up close to the reach truck at a press event in January and it struck me as a compact, powerful reach truck, with noticeably more space and better comfort for operators in the cabin. There is more room for the operator, a wider seat, and the operator can more easily can change leg position. In addition there is more space for onboard kit such as printers and scanners. For end users using reach trucks in long, busy shifts, where driver comfort is a big issue, the new Jungheinrich reach truck is well worth a look.

Key Points

Jungheinrich claims:

• The most compact truck in its class.

• Revolutionary ergonomics.

• Maximum all-round visibility.

As with all lithium-ion trucks, Jungheinrich also offers its customers interested in the ETV 216i a 100 per cent satisfaction guarantee on all lithium-ion trucks. Within the first six months following the truck’s delivery, Jungheinrich customers have a full conversion right, meaning that they can easily and quickly switch back to their original technology at any time. This is how Jungheinrich ensures an easy and risk-free changeover.

Dr. Lars Brzoska, member of the board of management at Jungheinrich responsible for marketing and sales, explains: "The new ETV 216i is the latest demonstration of Jungheinrich's innovative capability. We are the first manufacturer in the industry to consistently implement the advantages of lithium-ion technology already in the design of our trucks. The permanently installed lithium-ion battery makes the ETV 216i the most compact and best performing truck in its class. Jungheinrich customers will benefit from better ergonomics, easier manoeuvrability and greater efficiency. In the future we will also consistently use the advantages of lithium-ion technology in the design concept of other truck types, thereby creating a whole new generation of fork lift trucks." 

Jungheinrich says lithium-ion has moved passed the early adopter stage and has become a mainstream choice for many end users.

Jungheinrich sold more than 5,600 lithium-ion batteries in 2017.

Brzoska added: “We have tripled the number of lithium-ion batteries sold every year for three years, and our target this year is in line with this trend.”

In 2017, Jungheinrich sold 1000+ lithium-ion trucks to one large customer, but the firm says sales are not dependent on big orders, with the company also going for small and mid-sized firms.

Brzoska added: “It is not just Europe, it’s worldwide. We are currently negotiating a project in Brazil for a large number of lithium-ion batteries.

“The rising quantities being produced is making lithium-ion cheaper. We can see prices coming down considerably, and we predict lithium-ion batteries will be the same price as lead-acid by 2020-2022.”

 
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