|Hydricity-powered fork lift|
General Hydrogen Corporation, a provider of hydrogen fuel-cell power packs as battery replacement technology for electric forklifts and other industrial vehicles, announced the commercial sale of a Hydricity Pack to Cat Lift Trucks of Houston, Texas, to be delivered in July, 2006.
Cat Lift Trucks, a global leader in the material handling industry, will use the pack in a Class 1 battery-electric forklift.
Importantly, this is our first commercial sale to a forklift manufacturer. This, together with our other recent commercial sales and deliveries to end user customers, demonstrates the growing confidence in the economics, performance and attributes of our drop-in technology, which does not require any equipment retrofitting.—Frank Trotter, President and CEO, General Hydrogen
The Hydricity power packs, built around a Ballard fuel cell, can triple the runtime of battery-electric forklifts to 18 hours with constant voltage output, and can refuel in 3 minutes or less.
In November 2005 Bridgestone/Firestone Tire ordered Hydricity Packs as replacements for conventional lead-acid batteries in material handling vehicles in its Warren County, Tennessee plant. (Earlier post.)