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Lowered traction battery on AC systems
Because the motor has moved forwards It is now an easy matter to lower the truck's main traction battery into the space it would normally occupy as shown in orange above. This gives huge benefits as follows:
- As the heavy traction battery is much lower, so is the truck's centre of gravity making it more stable
- The floor of the truck can be made lower allowing better access for the operator
- The clearance between the operator's head and the overhead guard can be increased.
It would be fair to say that AC power gives a more smooth operation of the forklift and allows for many more additional functions than DC power.
I am indebted to Toyota Forklifts for the information on AC power systems on this website.