Motive power

Lead batteries are critical for the global movement of goods

Advanced lead batteries

Enabling the smooth running of global logistics

Lead batteries are essential for global logistics, manufacturing and the movement of goods. The lead battery provides motive power for materials handling vehicles with electric motors and also provide power for lifting, steering and braking for forklift trucks.

As the world moves to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, demand for electric trucks relative to diesel and gas power is increasing and lead batteries are playing a critical role in enabling this transition.

Motive power applications

Lead batteries are used across the motive power sector

  • Forklift trucks
  • Golf carts and trolleys
  • Delivery vehicles
  • Lift and pallet trucks
  • Automated guided vehicles
  • Mining vehicles

Growing global market demand

Lead batteries are an essential technology for the growing market

The motive power market is a significant one for lead batteries, with the technology representing 90% of demand.

As the global motive power market is predicted to grow to 34.3 GWh by 2030, lead batteries will continue playing a vital role in meeting increased demand.

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Motive power batteries


  • Low-cost
  • Reliable performance
  • Robust and safe design
  • High recycling rates of almost 100%
  • Heavy weight acts as a counterweight for forklift trucks

Advanced lead batteries

Battery 101 series

CBI's battery experts feature in a series covering the role of lead batteries for the diverse motive power market.

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