TENSOR: Meet the lead battery boosting warehouse productivity beyond any other
- A battery technology specially designed with low total cost of ownership in mind, outperforming lithium-ion for a wide range of applications
- More than 10,000 operating hours is the standard life expectancy for TENSOR
- Exide provides a range of battery technologies, and helps customers select the best option for their application
Warehouses have been working at full capacity as a result of the pandemic. Booming online sales mean that businesses have to operate more efficiently and productively than ever. For many, that has meant choosing the TENSOR battery to achieve multi-shift operations and greater levels of efficiency.
Exide's TENSOR is an advanced lead battery that was designed and conceived with warehouse productivity in mind. It offers extended operational life, fast recharging capabilities, exceptional power and energy density, and excellent performance in cold storage environments. It also excels in multi-shift operations. The result is a battery with very low total cost of ownership, often outperforming lithium-ion for a wide range of applications.
Breaking the rules on battery lifespan
The traditional rule of thumb is that 1.5-2 batteries are required over the lifetime of a vehicle, but that rule is quickly changing because of TENSOR technology. A TENSOR battery recently lasted more than six years in a 1.4t moving mast reach truck working in a two-shift, heavy-duty application at a logistics company in Germany. It outlasted the truck it was powering - a remarkable accomplishment that is becoming more and more feasible thanks to the durability and performance of TENSOR.
The standard for TENSOR batteries is more than 10,000 operating hours1. The battery is designed to go the distance in real-world applications - in fact, the record so far is a battery that clocked in 14,000 operating hours. In some markets, such as Germany, Exide already offers a guarantee that TENSOR will last up to 60 months or 10,000 operating hours, whichever comes first.
Exide has a range of battery options, from lead-acid to lithium-ion, so it can offer independent, considered advice on the best option for your operations. It starts by truly understanding your business, from shift patterns to operating objectives, and then provides detailed analysis to help you make the most informed decision.
TENSOR came out on top in a recent extensive analysis of total cost of ownership for a business with 33 trucks running three shifts a day. The first option being considered by Exide and the customer was to run the trucks on lithium-ion technology. This would have meant acquiring one battery per forklift and charging them during workers' breaks. Opportunity charging was insufficient for full back-to-back shifts on current breaks, and so some downtime would have been needed - impairing productivity.
After careful analysis, the most cost-effective option proved to be TENSOR. This meant acquiring two batteries per forklift, 66 in total. Each TENSOR battery powers a full 8-hour shift, during which time the other can be charged. A TENSOR battery can fully charge in 5 hours, thanks to Exide's proprietary Z-profile charging algorithm.
Independent advice tailored to your business
Exide offers advice to help businesses select the right technology for the application at hand. The goal is to help you reduce total cost of ownership, boost productivity, and understand the landscape of battery technology.
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About Exide Technologies:
Exide Technologies, headquartered near Paris, France, is a leading provider of advanced energy storage solutions for the automotive and industrial markets. It designs, manufactures and markets today´s and next-generation battery technologies used across a wide range of applications, from automotive and off-road to material handling, stationary, rail and defense. Exide Technologies serves the global markets with top-notch battery technologies, know-how & added-value services under many well-known brands. As an original equipment manufacturer to leading automotive and industrial equipment manufacturers, Exide Technologies has been involved in many of the significant breakthrough energy-storage developments that are enabling innovation across the markets. With two R&D facilities, nine production plants and three recycling plants in Europe, Exide is committed to high-quality engineering, manufacturing and recycling, and continues to power the world with the most efficient energy solutions and helping customers maximize productivity and performance. In the fiscal year 2020, Exide achieved a turnover of 1.4 billion EUR.
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