“Lithium batteries cost a lot more than lead batteries!”
Really!? Yes, but only for the first day of operation, afterwards they are much cheaper.
If you consider the TCO (total cost of ownership) it is easy to find that lithium batteries cost 50-60% less than lead-acid ones.
A case study is the typical battery installed on an AGV intended for a ceramic production plant.
It can easily be shown that the break-even point with respect to a lead battery occurs in less than two years, after which:
running costs of lithium are much lower and vehicle productivity increases.
“Lithium batteries are dangerous!”
No, the facts say otherwise. In a medium-sized AGV / LGV the lead-acid battery contains approximately 50 liters of sulfuric acid in solution and emits hydrogen (highly flammable gas) during charging.
The lithium battery is sealed, does not emit gas and does not contain liquids.
It is evident that the lack of gaseous emissions of any kind in the recharging process of lithium batteries is a greater safety element than traditional batteries.
In lead batteries, the presence of large quantities of sulfuric acid makes handling and maintenance dangerous.
The lithium batteries are sealed and do not contain liquids, the safety in handling and maintenance is much greater.
In addition, the extremely low weights help reduce the risk of accidents for operators.