Following an investment of £5m, the UK’s largest fleet of rechargeable Lithium-Ion Fork Lift Trucks has gone into service with Fowler Welch. The national fleet of 170 trucks will service the company’s Spalding, Washington, Heywood, Teynham and Hilsea sites, helping in the distribution of fresh and chilled produce and ambient products to many of the UK’s biggest supermarkets and wholesalers. The trucks will be powered by varying sizes of Linde-branded lithiumion batteries, and come with a management control system and full quality protection from Linde MH.

Laurie Black, technical director for Fowler Welch said: “We have worked with Linde for over a decade and were impressed by this latest innovation which offers us improved energy efficiency and sustainability benefits. With quicker charging and no need to be changed, the Linde batteries bring with them space saving benefits as well as health and safety features including zero emissions, offering our depots a reliable and forward-thinking long-term solution.”