If you are considering buying or hiring a new machine for your fleet, you are sure to have come across electric forklifts as an alternative to diesel and gas.
Electric forklift trucks can offer huge performance benefits over their traditional gas and diesel counterparts. Here we go through some of the key advantages to look out for when considering choosing an electric forklift.
When comparing electric forklifts with the equivalent gas and diesel machines, electric forklifts have a much longer lifespan. The initial cost of the machine may be higher due to the battery and charger costs, however over time they become more cost-effective. This is because of the lower associated maintenance, refuelling and fuel storage costs.
Significant Fuel and Emissions Savings
Another significant benefit is the fuel savings that can be made. Without the cost of storing gas and diesel on-site, the low fuel costs associated with electric forklifts can mean that the initially higher cost of purchase is outweighed by the long term fuel savings. In addition to this, you will also be helping the environment. This is because electric forklifts produce no emissions and are extremely eco-friendly alternatives to gas and diesel.
Save On Maintenance Without Affecting Operations
Not only will you be able to reduce your fuel costs by switching to electric forklifts, you will also be able to reduce your maintenance costs. This is because these forklifts don’t require the same level of upkeep and repair that gas and diesel forklifts need,
For example, parts that would normally need to be regularly checked and maintained, such as catalytic converters, belts or spark plugs are not used on electric models machines, therefore reducing the number of parts needed to be checked regularly and the number of failure points.
Like traditional internal combustion forklifts, electric forklifts come in all shapes and sizes. Their versatility makes them ideal alternatives to diesel and gas-powered machines. With the continued advancements in technology, their compact size and long-lasting battery life continue to improve. You’ll be able to choose from three or four-wheeled counterbalanced trucks to sit-on or reach-on trucks. There are many types available, plus they are generally more narrow than other types of lift trucks, which adds to their manoeuvrability and convenience.
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