15 reasons you should choose an Electric Forklift

September 28, 2020

Category: Electric forklift solution

  • Electric forklifts have zero tailpipe emissions resulting in a better and more safe work environment for the employees
  • Electric lift trucks produce less noise during operation which results in a better and more safe work environment for the employees
  • Outside, on – site fuel storage is eliminated which reduces liability
  • The cost of fuel is eliminated, ie save approximately $26,000 in propane over 5 years using a 2.5 ton capacity forklift 6 hours a day, 5 days a week
  • Spend less on planned maintenance and repair maintenance, ie Electric lift trucks don’t have engines, transmissions or radiators
  • Capacity ratings and stability are usually better at high lifting heights, partly due to a lower centre of gravity
  • Turning radius specifications are typically better which can increase storage capacity, reduce product and truck damage and / or increase productivity
  • Rearward visibility is often better due to the absence of a propane cylinder but a non issue when compared with diesel forklifts
  • Longer major component life can be expected when compared with propane forklifts but questionable when compared with diesel forklifts
  • Operator productivity is often higher because there are typically fewer hand / arm / foot movements required to operate an electric lift truck
  • Overall, when placed into the right application, the electric forklift will usually have the lowest total cost of ownership when compared with diesel and propane forklifts
  • The debate is on over whether electric forklifts are more green than diesel or propane forklifts. At issue is how electricity is generated and how spent batteries are recycled
  • There are fewer waste fluids to dispose of, ie no engine, transmission or coolant fluid changes to worry about
  • In the design of the electric forklift, braking happens automatically and electrically as soon as the operator’s foot is removed from the throttle resulting in less brake wear
  • The hour intervals between services are usually longer resulting in less cost and truck downtime over it’s useful life.

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