Some time ago, the idea of forklifts powered by anything besides internal combustion (IC) engines was laughed at. Most warehouses preferred using IC forklifts driven by gasoline, diesel or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels. But things have changed in recent years as electric forklifts have become a popular choice in the material handling industry. Even though both types share a number of similarities, there are also notable differences which you need to consider when choosing which will best suit your needs. Below are some of the things you need to know about electric forklifts
Electric forklifts produce less noise compared to their LPG or diesel counterparts. A lot of people might not think about this, but having a quieter forklift will lead to a safer work environment. Having many forklifts in an enclosed space can produce a lot of noise. Electric forklifts produce lower noise levels which promotes communication between different operators and, therefore, reducing the risks of accidents.
Health and environmental safety advantages
Diesel or LPG burning forklifts produce emissions that could be harmful to both workers and products (like food items and other perishables) especially if the warehouse does not have a good ventilation system (which is often costly). Electric forklifts produce zero emissions which is excellent for the workers, the products and the environment. This becomes a cheaper option since you won't need an expensive warehouse ventilation system.
Affordable operating costs
Electric forklifts are more affordable when it comes to operating costs, compared to internal combustion models. This is mainly because electric forklifts run on electricity which is significantly cheaper than diesel or LPG used by internal combustion models. Electric forklifts have fewer parts which mean less maintenance, fewer replacements of parts and fluids.
With all the above advantages, it is easy to understand why electric forklifts are becoming more popular. Get in touch with us for more information.