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7 Reasons to Use Lithium-ion Batteries in Electric Forklifts

Posted: March 28, 2023
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Less maintenance, lower costs, environmental sustainability, and overall worker satisfaction are a few key benefits of using next-generation lithium-ion batteries (sometimes called LIBs) in forklifts.

Why Are Lithium-ion Batteries Best for Forklifts?

These batteries offer a broad range of advantages for many warehouses and distribution centers because of the ease of charging. Opportunity charging provides the ability to plug in the battery without taking it out of the forklift, as opposed to swapping batteries its lead-acid counterpart requires.


High-throughput operations tend to see the biggest bang for their buck when using lithium-ion batteries, but the benefits are broader than just the return on investment. As the technology behind these batteries advances, we see a broader range of companies using them.

Benefits of Using a Lithium-ion Forklift Battery

Here are the 7 biggest reasons for your company to explore using lithium-ion batteries:

1. Improved Energy Bills

Lithium-ion forklift batteries are more energy-efficient and charge faster than lead-acid batteries, saving you time and money.

2. Equipment Longevity

Your lithium-ion battery will typically last two to four times longer than a lead- acid battery. This helps you keep up with those long workdays.

3. Less Downtime

Lithium-ion batteries don’t need to be swapped out and can be opportunity-charged during operator breaks.

4. Reduced Labor Costs

Lithium-ion forklift batteries don’t require traditional maintenance like watering or equalizing.

5. Better Productivity

Operators can enjoy longer run-times and zero decline in performance as the battery discharges with forklifts powered by lithium-ion batteries.

6. Less Environmental Impact

Lithium-ion batteries have no emissions and their longevity may mean less battery disposal in the future.

7. Onsite Real Estate

Businesses can reclaim the area being used as a charging room for additional storage.

To learn more about the benefits of lithium-ion technology, click here to download the whitepaper Making the Case for Next-Generation Forklift Power Sources. If you're interested in learning more about how lithium-ion batteries can help boost your operations's productivity, please reach out to your local, authorized Toyota Dealer for more information. 


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