The GenDrive® hydrogen PEM fuel cell technology is designed as a drop-in replacement for lead-acid batteries in electric lift trucks. It now features several enhancements to increase reliability and improve lift and towing capacity.
With a simplified architecture and common system platform featuring 30 percent fewer components, Plug Power says that GenDrive now provides customers with greater flexibility in managing deployments.
‘With our application knowledge and advanced technical capabilities, Plug Power has been able to enhance our GenDrive product offerings in a way that simplifies the system and reduces the parts necessary to manufacture the units,’ says CTO Adrian Corless.
The next-generation GenDrive fuel cell products are specifically designed in response to the lift truck power needs of material handling customers. For example, lower-priced product options are now available to help customers more cost-effectively meet order picking requirements.
On average, GenDrive customers increase productivity by up to 15 percent, cut operational costs by up to 30 percent, and reduce site greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 percent.
‘Plug Power is now able to service more of the material handling market, enabling more full-fleet conversions of customers eager to adopt this commercially viable solution,’ says CEO Andy Marsh.
GenDrive units have accumulated more than 5 million hours of runtime at customer sites across North America. Plug Power remains the leader in fuel cell deployments for material handling applications, including live sites at Walmart, Sysco, BMW, and Coca-Cola.