Linde starts battery rental service

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Linde Material Handling has launched a flexible battery rental service in a bid to make the benefits of lithium-ion technology more accessible.

The new service seeks to allow customers to capitalize on the 30% lower energy consumption, high availability and easy handling that lithium-ion-powered vehicles offer.

“No matter whether our customers buy, lease or rent the equipment they need, in future, they will also be easily able to rent lithium-ion batteries,” said Jürgen Kupka, Financial Services Sales Support at Linde.

“The greatest possible flexibility and economic security over the entire service life make starting to use this new technology even more attractive.”

Each rental contract is tailored to the specific customer’s needs, with the price dependent on the expected usage and required battery capacity. The contract can be paid in monthly instalments and can be readjusted accordingly, if it transpires that the total operating hours performed is lower than what was estimated.

Kupka added, “Lithium-ion technology will most probably see further improvements during the next few years. With our newer forklift models, we even offer our customers the option of retrofitting a lithium-ion battery.

“Conversely, forklifts supplied with lithium-ion batteries can be switched back to the lead-acid version at any time and the rental battery be returned prematurely. This ensures a high level of investment security and shows just how convinced we are of this innovative technology.”

June 1, 2018

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