JLG Industries, Inc. has released the “JLG DaVinci Lift Proves Itself in Cold-Temperature Applications” case study. Recently, JLG partnered with Sunbelt Rentals to evaluate the DaVinci all-electric scissor lift’s performance in below-freezing conditions. JLG says that the case study proves how much battery technology has advanced in the aerial industry.
“Electric machine operation and productivity in conditions below 32°F (0°C) have traditionally been a huge concern in cold-temperature applications, like in refrigerated food processing warehouses, cold storage facilities, vaccine laboratories, or outdoors in the winter,” says Bob Begley, JLG’s director of product management for scissor, vertical, and low-level access lifts. “That’s because working in these types of conditions can impact electric equipment performance, resulting in slow, sluggish functionality and reduced battery runtime by up to 50 percent, partly due to hydraulics and previous battery technology.”
Despite cold-weather performance concerns, electric scissor lifts are often needed on maintenance projects or construction job sites because of restrictions in certain work environments, like noise and air pollution requirements, that prevent the use of internal combustion (diesel, dual fuel, or gas) machines.
According to Begley, battery technology has significantly advanced in recent years, driving the industry towards more electrified products – including the advent of 100 percent, fully electric machines like the JLG DaVinci AE1932 lift. With zero hydraulics to help eliminate job site leaks and zero emissions to help control job site pollution. It is purpose-built for applications where stringent environmental regulations must be met while offering consistent, ongoing productivity – even in the coldest conditions. “We had many assumptions about how the DaVinci lift would perform that we needed to test,” says Begley.
To find out how the scissor lift would perform, JLG and Sunbelt Rentals ran this machine through multiple duty cycles in below-freezing temperatures. This case study provides details about how the DaVinci lift performed in a harsh and cold working environment — an industrial freezer — and shares JLG’s and Sunbelt’s conclusions from the testing.