The initial thought when discussing motive power applications is that their batteries must be similar to transportation batteries. After all, this equipment is “motive” just like a car or truck. However, this is not the case.

Motive power applications, such has forklifts, electric golf carts, and electric lawnmowers use batteries more closely related to stationary batteries than transportation batteries.

How these batteries are stationary
How are these batteries different than those in motor vehicles? Transportation batteries function as start/stop batteries. The primary discharge occurs when the vehicle is started. After that, it spends the rest of the drive time recharging.

Motive power batteries do not operate in this fashion. Instead of only being used to start the machinery, there is a continual discharge. These batteries are used constantly while in operation. This is similar to other stationary batteries in that they are used until depleted, or until the job is done, and then recharged after use.

Why stationary batteries are used
Stationary batteries are used in these applications because of their nature. They tend to be dirtier with a higher output threshold. It is imperative that they have low downtime and increased, continual productivity. Transportation batteries cannot keep up with these needs.

Industrial machinery is used for a variety of day-to-day plant operations. Battery performance is the number one reason for underperformance. That is why testing and maintenance of these batteries is so vitally important. If neglected, it can contribute to higher repair and replacement costs, a significant decrease in the forklift’s lifespan, and major safety risks.

Contact one of our sales managers to learn more about taking care of your motive power batteries.