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EPRI's Lift Truck Life Cycle Costs Calculator App Helps Determine Your Cost Savings Going Electric

Aug 07, 2015

The Electric Power Research Intitute's mobile app is a useful resource that helps to determine the potential ROI on electrifying your forklift fleet. The EPRI Lift Truck Calculator makes it easy to compare the overall cost of ownership for material handling vehicles based on fuel type: propane, diesel or electric. With this calculator, you’ll be able to determine the true cost savings and estimated environmental benefits of electric trucks versus the internal combustion counterparts.

You can easily enter key factors based on your specific operation and the Lift Truck Calculator does the rest.

POSICHARGE BATTERY RX - EXTENDING THE LIFE OF YOUR BATTERIES (Published in forklift action)

May 21, 2015

UNDERSTANDING BATTERY HEALTH

With more than 18,000 charging stations delivered, PosiCharge systems have a proven track record of prolonging battery life. We have many examples of customer batteries that have been in service for more than five years in a fast charge application, as well as heavy-duty auto manufacturing customers whose fast-charged batteries have retained 92% of their rated capacity after three hardworking years.

Being a leader in fast charging, as well as power cycling and test equipment, we understand what it takes to maintain the health of your batteries and extend their life.  Some of these include:  weekly EQ, weekly watering, minimal over-discharge, preventing overheating, and a proper charging algorithm.

PosiCharge - The Power of Industrial Productivity

Mar 05, 2014

Video demonstrating how Posicharge Fast Charging Systems increase productivity and eliminate the need for a battery room.

With Posicharge fast charging systems, batteries are charged at a much higher rate (40+A / 100Ahrs) at regular intervals throughout the day (including breaks, lunches, and shift changes), without ever leaving the vehicle.

IKEA: Think global, act local for warehouse distribution

Aug 11, 2011

Posicharge provided the fast-charging system to IKEA's fast-charging facility in their new 750,000 sq ft distribution center in Port Wentworth, Georgia, located near the port of Savannah. The new DC was featured in an article originally published in the February 2008 print edition of Modern Material Handling . The article was republished online in 2011 on Logistics Management. Below is an excerpt from the article.

"IKEA: Thinks global, acts local: IKEA’s new DC employs a global warehouse design and best practices to serve a growing regional market. By Bob Trebilcock, Executive Editor for MMH.

WhiteWave Foods Enlists PosiCharge® for Environmentally Friendly Distribution Center

Feb 07, 2009

Toyota's Electric Lift Trucks and AeroVironment's PosiCharge Intelligent Fast Charging Technology Optimize Productivity, Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., Feb. 17, 2009 - AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV) announced that WhiteWave Foods Company today unveiled its updated, environmentally friendly distribution center that now features increased productivity and reduced energy solutions from AV's alliance with Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. (TMHU). AV and TMHU formed the alliance last year to offer a wide range of PosiCharge product solutions to reduce energy consumption and operating costs for their material handling customers.

AeroVironment Unveils New PosiCharge® Fast Charge and Opportunity Charge Systems and Accessories

Jan 12, 2009

CHICAGO, at ProMat, Jan. 12, 2009 - AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV), the leading supplier of industrial fast charge systems in North America, today unveiled a series of new PosiCharge® fast charge systems, accessories and opportunity charge systems for industrial electric vehicles, including the LP Meter, a data collection device that eases the conversion of propane trucks to electric power.

"Our customers continue to be at the forefront of adopting clean technologies such as electric vehicle fast charge systems to improve their productivity and the environment," said Mike Bissonette, senior vice president and general manager of AV's Efficient Energy Systems. "The new PosiCharge LP Meter and the intelligent battery charging systems and accessories that we're unveiling today will help customers operate their factories and distribution centers more productively, safely and efficiently."

Nestle North America Implements AeroVironment's PosiCharge® Fast Charge Systems in Distribution and Manufacturing Facilities

Jan 12, 2009

CHICAGO, At ProMat, Jan. 12, 2009 - AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ:AVAV) today announced that it has installed more than 200 of its PosiCharge fast charge systems at Nestle facilities throughout North America. These fast charge systems support electric material handling fleets in more than 14 Nestle facilities.

"We are especially excited about the current installation in our state-of-the-art Anderson, Indiana beverage plant, which features a sterile manufacturing environment, onsite computerized warehousing, and now the latest in fast charge technology," said George Sheats, Manager, Operations and Logistics Procurement of Nestle Business Services, for Nestle North America. "We are eager to install additional PosiCharge systems in Anderson, as well as in our Canadian distribution hub in Brampton, Ontario. PosiCharge systems are a clean technology solution that will play a growing role in improving productivity, efficiency, and safety across our organization."

Balqon Corporation Installs AeroVironment's PosiCharge® Fast Charge System at Port of Los Angeles to Power Electric Trucks

Dec 18, 2008

MONROVIA, Calif., Dec. 18, 2008 - AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced that Balqon Corporation (OTC:BLQN), a developer of heavy duty electric trucks, tractors and electric drive systems, has purchased a new high voltage version of AV's PosiCharge fast charge systems as part of a program to replace internal combustion yard tractors with electric propulsion vehicles at the Port of Los Angeles.

Toyota Material Handling and AeroVironment Announce Alliance to Market PosiCharge® Battery Fast Charge Systems

Sep 16, 2008

IRVINE, Calif. - (September 16, 2008) - Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU), the number one lift truck supplier in the United States, and AeroVironment, Inc. (AV), the number one battery fast charge system manufacturer, have established an alliance to market AV's PosiCharge fast charge systems. PosiCharge systems are now available through 68 authorized Toyota Industrial Equipment dealers with 190 locations throughout the United States.

"Beyond pushing the bounds of product innovation, one of Toyota's goals is to support environmentally appropriate and socially beneficial initiatives contributing to a cleaner environment," said Shankar Basu, president and CEO of TMHU. "This alliance with AeroVironment furthers Toyota's 'green thinking' philosophy by promoting high-quality PosiCharge products, which benefit the environment and our customers in numerous ways."

AeroVironment Awarded Patent for Core Battery Charging Technology

Sep 18, 2007

MONROVIA, Calif., Sept. 18, 2007 -- AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV), a leader in unmanned aircraft systems and efficient electric energy systems, has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a battery charging innovation that enables simultaneous or parallel charging of multiple batteries. The USPTO awarded AV patent No. 7,256,516 titled, "Battery charging system and method," on August 14.

Filed in 2003, the new patent expands upon AV's intellectual property portfolio in the area of battery charging technology. The patented technology enables AV's customers to overcome limitations associated with traditional sequential charging technologies. Using proprietary power management controllers and intelligent algorithms, the technology distributes electrical power based on the unique power needs of each battery to support industrial and on-road electric vehicle applications. The technology results in reduced charging times, minimizes the need for electrical infrastructure at customer sites, and supports increased operating productivity.

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