Forklift Power Sources

The right power source underpins everything you do. Hyster has the resources and intelligence to not only identify it but provide it as well.

FIND YOUR MATCH. POWER YOUR FLEET.

Having access to expert insight and proven experience has become a need, not a luxury. Hyster Power Match™ is that essential resource – a team of industry experts, all committed to partnering with you to pinpoint the trucks and power sources that can help address your specific materials-handling needs.

Which forklift energy source is right for you?

 

There’s much to consider when evaluating power sources. Are you using the most efficient source for your fleet? Are regulations pressuring you to re-evaluate? With so many new technologies, is it time to modernize? The following tool can provide some insight.

  EMISSION SPACE REQUIREMENT MAINTENANCE LOCAL UTILITY REQUIREMENTS REQUIRED OPERATOR INVOLVEMENT SUSTAINED POWER DELIVERY
HYDROGEN
FUEL CELLS

No harmful emissions; only water vapor and heat

Space-efficient infrastructure; storage can be located outside facility with dispensers located indoors or outdoors

Moderate maintenance requirements

None, though refueling system may have requirements

Simple, fast refueling

Consistent power delivery until full depletion
LITHIUM-ION
BATTERIES

No harmful emissions

No specialized changing or maintenance rooms required

No maintenance or equalization required

More intense electrical grid burden, depending on fleet size and charge intervals.

Designed for opportunity charging; faster recharge capability than lead acid

Consistent power delivery until full depletion
Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL)

No harmful emissions

No specialized changing or maintenance areas required

No maintenance required, fast equalization

Moderate electrical requirements, depending on fleet size

Designed for opportunity charging, faster recharge than traditional lead acid

Slight power output decline as charge depletes
LEAD ACID
BATTERIES

None while in operation, but does emit fumes that require ventilation during battery charging

Separate room, infrastructure often required for battery charging, changing and maintenance

Higher maintenance requirements compared to other electric options

Moderate electrical requirements, depending on fleet size

Complex and time-consuming battery maintenance, charging or changing

Diminishing power output as battery charge depletes
INTERNAL
COMBUSTION
ENGINE

Emissions while in operation. Well-suited for outdoor or properly ventilated environments

Primary fueling and storage infrastructure located outside facility

Requires regular, but not daily, maintenance

None

Simple, fast refueling with tank changes or pump

Consistent power delivery until full depletion
  EMISSION SPACE REQUIREMENT MAINTENANCE LOCAL UTILITY REQUIREMENTS REQUIRED OPERATOR INVOLVEMENT SUSTAINED POWER DELIVERY
HYDROGEN
FUEL CELLS

No harmful emissions; only water vapor and heat

Space-efficient infrastructure; storage can be located outside facility with dispensers located indoors or outdoors

Moderate maintenance requirements

None, though refueling system may have requirements

Simple, fast refueling

Consistent power delivery until full depletion
LITHIUM-ION
BATTERIES

No harmful emissions

No specialized changing or maintenance rooms required

No maintenance or equalization required

More intense electrical grid burden, depending on fleet size and charge intervals.

Designed for opportunity charging; faster recharge capability than lead acid

Consistent power delivery until full depletion
THIN PLATE
PURE LEAD
(TPPL)

No harmful emissions

No specialized changing or maintenance areas required

No maintenance required, fast equalization

Moderate electrical requirements, depending on fleet size

Designed for opportunity charging, faster recharge than traditional lead acid

Slight power output decline as charge depletes
LEAD ACID
BATTERIES

None while in operation, but does emit fumes that require ventilation during battery charging

Separate room, infrastructure often required for battery charging, changing and maintenance

Higher maintenance requirements compared to other electric options

Moderate electrical requirements, depending on fleet size

Complex and time-consuming battery maintenance, charging or changing

Diminishing power output as battery charge depletes
INTERNAL
COMBUSTION
ENGINE

Emissions while in operation. Well-suited for outdoor or highly ventilated environments

Primary fueling and storage infrastructure located outside facility

Requires regular, but not daily, maintenance

None

Simple, fast refueling with tank charges or pump

Consistent power delivery until full depletion
 

POWER SOURCES

MORE OPTIONS. MORE FLEXIBILITY.

While others may have limited options based on their own capabilities, Hyster doesn’t, thanks to our extensive line of trucks available with a wide variety of power options. Explore the benefits of each option and consider the impact they can make on your operation.

Hydrogen fuel cell

  • Consistent power delivery
  • Minimal facility footprint
  • Refuels in minutes
  • Zero harmful emissions
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LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES

  • Zero battery maintenance
  • Consistent power delivery
  • Broad temperature range performance
  • Quick opportunity charging
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TPPL

  • Rapid charging
  • Virtually maintenance free
  • Long storage life
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LEAD ACID BATTERIES

  • Low acquisition cost
  • Wide-ranging applications
  • Time-tested technology
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INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES

  • Exceptional durability
  • Consistent power delivery
  • No electrical grid dependency
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HYSTER POWER CELLECT™

FLEXIBLE FORKLIFT POWER SOLUTION

What if you could install one battery source into your lift truck, then have the flexibility to change that battery source at any time? Now you can, with Hyster Power Cellect™, a one-of-a-kind, flexible power solution.

EXPLORE POWER CELLECT