The system helps technicians safely and efficiently remove, service and install heavy battery packs from a wide range of EVs
Santa Paula, Calif.—BendPak’s patent-pending new SL24EVT EV battery pack and powertrain lifting system helps technicians safely and efficiently remove, service and install heavy battery packs from a wide range of electric vehicles.
And due to a full line of available accessories, it also doubles as a powertrain lift for internal combustion vehicles.
The SL24EVT is compact and portable, with a pallet-jack-type steering wheel and oversized urethane casters engineered to provide low-rolling resistance and maneuverability within in a shop and tight spaces.
With a press of the button on the pendant controller, the SL24EVT elevates to more than 6 feet in less than 20 seconds. The lift table securely supports 2,400 pounds on its oversized 40 x 60-inch cushioned rubber platform, providing stability throughout battery replacement, repair, recycling and material handling procedures.
“We were inspired to develop the SL24EVT lifting system after seeing some of the creative do-it-yourself solutions technicians were using to remove EV battery packs weighing more than 1,000 pounds,” said Jeff Kritzer, BendPak executive vice president. “BendPak’s SL24EVT eliminates any manual lifting or lowering of the battery pack and makes it easy to securely move the pack around the shop without worry.”
Like the electric vehicles it supports, the SL24EVT EV battery pack and powertrain lifting system is battery-powered. It uses a maintenance-free 12-volt deep-cycle battery featuring proprietary, high-density grid technology.
A fully automatic three-stage battery charger offers connect-and-forget operation to protect against overcharging. An integrated thermal sensor detects ambient temperature and adjusts the 15-amp output to prevent overcharging in hotter areas and undercharging in cold climates.
Full-length utility trays provide ample storage for tools and fasteners during all stages of service and battery pack removal. Sixteen recessed mounting anchors in the lift platform surface accommodate a variety of modular fixtures, adapters and accessories that can be added, repositioned, or removed as needed to handle engines, transmissions, gas tanks, transaxle assemblies and more.
Available add-ons include:
- Telescoping arm kit provides multi-configurable support of large, heavy and awkward vehicle components.
- Multi-point adapter safely supports components such as axles, transfer cases and bumpers.
- Tilt deck makes it possible to tilt the table surface side-to-side and fore and aft for more precise alignment of electric batteries, engine and drivetrain assemblies, fuel tanks and more.
- Adjustable Accu-Point support fixtures are independently adjustable arms that can be adapted to nearly any transmission, drivetrain or vehicle subframe shape.
- The universal deck mount kit features a center support pin that adapts to virtually any competitive transmission jack heads, drivetrain adapters or fuel tank supports.
The SL24EVT is designed for durability and low maintenance with features such as high-performance sleeve bushings and thrush plate bearings at every pivot point and polished 70,000 psi ultimate-strength pins for load strength and long life. Structural cross-members at every scissor joint minimize leg deflection, while a ¼-inch thick steel platform minimizes deck deflection, maximizes load stability and extends the lifting platform life.
To protect technicians, integrated hydraulic velocity fuses completely stop the lift in the unlikely event of an uncontrolled descent due to sudden hydraulic hose rupture. A dual safety bar system is easy to engage and should always be used when performing maintenance or reaching under the SL24EVT for additional peace of mind.
The BendPak SL24EVT EV battery pack and powertrain lifting system complies with recognized standards including ANSI MH29.1 – Safety Requirements for Industrial Scissor Lifts, NFPA 70 National Electric Code, ASTM – A36 – Structural Steel Standard, ANSI Z535 – Safety Labeling Requirements, AWS D.1 – Welding Standards, and applicable portions of OSHA 29CFR1910 – General Workplace Safety.
“The number of electric vehicles on the road is only going to continue to grow,” Kritzer said. “Shops that want to keep up need to invest in equipment like the SL24EVT lifting system that helps their technicians efficiently service any vehicle, regardless of its powertrain.”