Busy, on-the-go forklift operators are about to get the gift of a lifetime in Toshiba’s forthcoming quick-charging industrial batteries. Starting in March, it’ll take a paltry five minutes (five minutes!) for the "new battery for forklifts, construction machinery, and other industrial use" to charge to 90% capacity. You could have a smoke and hit the Biffy and your rig would be good to go by the time you got back.
The battery technology will make its way into electric cars in the next few years as well.
Toshiba to Launch Innovative Rechargeable Battery Business [Toshiba Press Release]