Stertil-Koni's transit bus maintenance facilities embrace green, clean technologies in vehicle servicing

Nov. 3, 2020
EARTHLIFT columns utilize an AERS to capture energy from the lifting process to return it to the batteries that power the lift.

With the transition to clean transit buses, such as hybrid, electric, compressed natural gas and hydrogen vehicles, facilities maintaining these vehicles, like Stertil-Koni, are also implementing eco-friendly equipment to expand their commitment to environmental stewardship.

“One prominent example is the EARTHLIFT, recognized as the industry’s first ‘green’ Mobile Column Lift,” said Jean DellAmore, president of Stertil-Koni USA, Inc. “EARTHLIFT columns are made from components that are 98-percent recyclable, use bio-degradable oil, feature marine batteries that are 100-percent recyclable and come standard with a touch-screen control console providing real-time lift information for the busy technician on the shop floor.”

This portable lift also features advanced technology to increase battery life and minimize facility downtime. Here’s how it works: EARTHLIFT has an Active Energy Retrieval System (AERS) that harnesses the energy from the lifting process and returns it to the very batteries which power the lift. Capturing and utilizing this gravitational energy allows the EARTHLIFT to deliver up to 50 percent more lifting cycles at maximum load on a single charge.

“AERS reduces energy consumption and increases shop productivity, as lifts can be in operation longer, boosting the number of vehicles serviced,” said DellAmore.

EARTHLIFT capacities range from 18,500 lbs. to 22,000 lbs. per column, hence a typical set of four can lift anywhere from 74,000 lbs. up to 88,000 lbs.

For additional safety, EARTHLIFT comes with the Gold Label designation from the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI), which certifies that vehicle lifts are third-party tested and proven to meet the stringent safety and performance requirements outlined in the safety standard ANSI/ALI ALCTV.

“For maintenance facilities, the pressure to ‘go green’ extends beyond government mandates,” said DellAmore. “There are also economic and efficiency benefits. That’s why facility managers are demanding products and services for their shops that reflect an eco-centric approach.”