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Crown Equipment Discusses Alternative Energy at The Battery Show

NEW BREMEN, Ohio (September 15, 2015) – Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, today announced Ernst Baumgartner, project manager, will participate as a panelist at The Battery Show 2015 in Novi, Michigan, September 15-17.

The panel session, “Optimizing Hybrid-Electric Vehicle Technology for Off-Road Vehicles” is scheduled for Thursday, September 17 and is part of the show’s Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo. It will focus on the aspects of electrification technologies that are most important for off-road vehicle engineers to consider. Dave Lamb, global applications engineering manager for Sevcon, and Steve Huard, Ph.D., staff engineer and engineering fellow at Parker Hannifin Corp., will join Baumgartner on the panel.

“With fuel cell and lithium-ion technology, and advances in the management of lead-acid batteries, fleet managers today have more viable power source options for their industrial vehicles,” said Baumgartner. “Customers are looking for suppliers who will help them understand their energy options and the trade-offs that exist between different solutions so they can, ultimately, choose the option that is the best fit for their forklift fleet, facility and application.”

During the session, Baumgartner will discuss why fuel cells and lithium-ion batteries are gaining attention as alternative energy solutions for powering forklifts and will highlight some important considerations for those looking to pilot these alternative energy solutions. He will also share the company’s recent advances in battery monitoring technology that provides greater visibility into battery charging and discharging profiles, battery state of health, and opportunities for improving battery operations.

Many of Crown’s forklifts can be modified to work with fuel cell and lithium-ion technologies currently available. The company is participating in lithium-ion pilot programs and continues to maintain an alternative energy qualification program that to-date has qualified more than 30 of its forklift models for use with hydrogen fuel cells. Crown’s exploration of alternative energy sources is part of a broader corporate ecologic program focused on smart business and environmental sustainability. Click here to download a copy of the company’s most recent ecologic report.

According to its website, The Battery Show is the premier showcase for the latest advanced battery technology. It hosts the latest advanced battery solutions for electric & hybrid vehicles, utility & renewable energy support, portable electronics, medical technology, military and telecommunications. Show attendees include technical leaders, scientists, engineers, project leaders, buyers and senior executives concerned with advanced energy storage.

 About Crown Equipment Corporation

Crown is one of the world’s largest material handling companies with a reputation for award-winning product design, advanced engineering and technology, and superior after-sale service. Crown’s business philosophy utilizes vertically integrated processes to design, manufacture and distribute forward-thinking, innovative solutions that improve customers’ productivity and operating efficiency. Crown produces a broad range of forklifts as well as automation and fleet management technologies.

The company’s global headquarters is located in New Bremen, Ohio, USA, with regional headquarters in Australia, China, Germany and Singapore. Its employees number more than 12,000 worldwide. Crown operates a service and distribution network that exceeds 500 retail locations in over 80 countries. To learn more about Crown’s ideas for helping customers advance the productivity of their operations, visit



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