Genie Adds Lithium-ion Battery Option to E-Drive Scissor Lifts

Oct. 12, 2022

Genie has introduced a Lithium-Ion battery option for its GS E-Drive slab scissor lifts.

The Lithium-Ion battery option is available globally on nearly all GS E-Drive slab scissor lifts, with the exception of the GS-1432m and GS-1932m micro scissor lifts and the GS-4046 and GS-4655 slab scissor lifts.

Genie says its Lithium-Ion batteries have been specifically designed for MEWPs and are certified by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) against fire, electric shock, and explosion.

“Today’s electrified equipment doesn’t just reduce emissions. In many cases, it also performs better and requires less maintenance," says Christian Dube, Genie product manager. "That said, battery maintenance and replacement is still one of the biggest ongoing expenses for scissor lift owners. Genie Lithium-Ion reduces those costs by eliminating battery maintenance and replacement. Purposefully designed for use in MEWPs, Genie Lithium-Ion is the only battery you’ll need for the normal life of your scissor lift."

The zero-maintenance Genie Lithium-Ion battery’s fully-sealed IP67 housing protects it from water and dust contamination. Based on extensive testing, it has an expected lifespan of about 10 years and comes with a five-year warranty. Genie’s E-Drive Lithium-Ion scissor lifts reduce maintenance costs by an additional 11 percent compared to flooded lead acid (FLA) batteries because the Lithium-Ion batteries do not need to be watered or replaced.  

 On the job site, E-Drive Lithium-Ion scissor lifts offer productivity even in extreme temperatures ranging between 120° F to  -20° F, the company says.

“When in use, electric machines with a standard FLA battery usually generate enough heat in the battery to continue working. However, most people aren’t continuously lifting or driving; they’re stopped and doing work, allowing the FLA batteries to cool. As the FLA battery gets colder, it delivers less energy, which means the operator needs to take a break and move the lift into a warmer environment,” Dube says. “Genie Lithium-Ion batteries have built-in heaters that maintain the proper temperature, even when the scissor lift is stationary. This allows the operator to work continuously, without taking a break to warm up the battery—a real productivity benefit in a cold environment.”

Genie GS E-Drive Lithium-Ion scissor lifts can be recharged in just four hours, which is 33 percent faster than a standard FLA battery, and partial charges won’t damage the Lithium-Ion battery. This allows operators to charge a lift during breaks or over lunch in the event the machine didn’t get charged the night before, or if it is being used for a second shift. 

Additionally, because many rental companies look to give older equipment a second life on the used equipment market, Genie Lithium-Ion powered scissor lifts can be retrofitted with FLA batteries when the unit reaches the end of its useful life in a rental fleet.

Source: Genie