READING, Pa, July 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EnerSys® (NYSE:ENS), the global leader in stored energy for industrial applications, has helped its customers change out 5,000 lift trucks to battery power as part of its Convert to ElectricSM (C2ESM) program. The C2ESM program is the first and only dedicated effort to help companies using internal combustion lift trucks switch to electric fleets.
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"Since 2008, we've made a concerted effort to guide customers through the process of converting their lift truck fleets to electric power, and we've saved them more than $125 million in fuel costs," says Jeff Long, vice president, sales and service, EnerSys. "Battery power provides reliable, long-lasting, robust energy, and it's better for the environment. We've helped our customers improve productivity, and save dollars and time on maintenance and fuel."
Atlantic Plywood, a multi-site wholesale distributor of building materials based in Woburn, MA, became the 5,000th lift truck conversion when it switched 20 of its internal combustion forklifts to battery electric over the last year.
"We started with five lift trucks and were so pleased with the results, we extended to 20 trucks," says John Blakeney, chief financial officer, Atlantic Plywood. "We find they are cleaner, quieter, more efficient, and they handle the work better than the old propane lifts."
Blakeney estimates that Atlantic Plywood is saving $12,000 on each lift truck, because of savings on fuel and maintenance. The company is planning to soon convert all of its lift trucks to electric. (See video: http://convert2electric.com/expertise/news-room-2/)
Knowing that customers have questions about battery-powered lift trucks, recharging options and electric installation requirements, EnerSys launched its C2ESM program as a way to advise and guide customers through the process.
"Along the way, we've developed unique tools that allow customers to compare various power options, customized to their particular operating environments," says Long. "So they can get an idea of their costs and energy consumption right up front."
EnerSys also introduced ZBC Designer™ — software that analyzes a customer's operational requirements, such as number of trucks, number of shifts, and type of work performed, and designs the optimum configuration of batteries and chargers for each site.
"With the Zero Battery ChangeSM (ZBCSM) program, customers need just one battery per truck, and they can quickly recharge the battery during regular breaks. There's no need for time-consuming battery changing, no need for a separate battery room," says Long. "Our software shows customers which charging options will work best for their environment: once-a-day opportunity charging, or fast-charging that allows them to charge while the driver is on break."
Noting customer satisfaction and the expanding market trend toward electric power for lift trucks, EnerSys plans to extend the C2ESM program's outreach to dealers and end-users nationally. For more information, go to convert2electric.com.
EnerSys, the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, manufactures and distributes reserve power and motive power batteries, battery chargers, power equipment, battery accessories and outdoor equipment enclosure solutions to customers worldwide. Motive power batteries and chargers are utilized in electric forklift trucks and other commercial electric powered vehicles. Reserve power batteries are used in the telecommunication and utility industries, uninterruptible power supplies, and numerous applications requiring stored energy solutions including medical, aerospace and defense systems. Outdoor equipment enclosure products are utilized in the telecommunication, cable, utility, transportation industries and by government and defense customers. The company also provides aftermarket and customer support services to its customers from over 100 countries through its sales and manufacturing locations around the world.
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