Crown Equipment Unveils Integrated Lithium-Ion Energy Storage System for Forklifts

NEW BREMEN, Ohio (March 19, 2019) – Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, today introduced the V-Force® Lithium-Ion Energy Storage System (ESS) for customers utilizing alternative energy-powered forklifts to achieve lower operational costs and enhance productivity and efficiency. Initially available for the Crown WP Series pallet truck, the V-Force Lithium-Ion ESS will be available for Crown’s complete line of forklifts in 2019.

The components of the V-Force Lithium-Ion ESS include a UL Listed lithium-ion battery pack, a compatible V-Force UL Listed charger and a fully integrated battery management system to extend battery life by preventing operation outside of warrantied conditions. Using the truck display, the system shows battery discharge levels and alerts the operator through an early warning system before truck operation is stopped.

Lithium-ion batteries can be opportunity charged during operator breaks without adversely affecting battery life, which can contribute to longer run times and remove the need for battery changing. They do not emit gas during charging, which means they do not require special battery rooms. Lithium-ion batteries are also maintenance free, which eliminates the need for battery watering. All V-Force Lithium-Ion Energy Storage Systems will be sold and supported by Crown’s extensive global retail network as part of Crown’s complete material handling solutions.

About Crown Equipment Corporation

Crown is one of the world’s largest material handling companies with a reputation for award-winning product design, advanced engineering and technology, and superior after-sale service. Crown’s business philosophy utilizes vertically integrated processes to design, manufacture and distribute forward-thinking, innovative solutions that improve customers’ productivity and operating efficiency. Crown produces a broad range of forklifts as well as automation and fleet management technologies.

The company’s global headquarters is located in New Bremen, Ohio, USA, with regional headquarters in Australia, China, Germany and Singapore. Its employees number more than 15,500 worldwide. Crown operates a service and distribution network that exceeds 500 retail locations in over 80 countries. To learn more about Crown’s ideas for helping customers advance the productivity of their operations, visit

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