The quality and performance of electric lift trucks have improved by leaps and bounds since they were first developed in the 1930s. With their zero-emission operating capability, electric models have undeniably raised the bar in the industry in terms of energy efficiency and productivity. But aside from the advantage of an environmentally friendly energy source, some businesses are still unsure, or simply unaware, of the additional benefits an electric forklift can offer.
How can you know if buying an electric forklift is the appropriate choice for you? To help you decide, we share a few reasons why battery-powered lift trucks can help improve not only your work efficiency, but your work safety as well.
- Fuel Savings
The average cost per shift to recharge an electric lift truck is $1.50 to $4.50. That same shift would cost $18 to $25 to refuel a truck with an internal combustion engine.
- Maintenance Costs
Electric lift trucks have very few moving parts that are affected by wear and tear, reducing your total lifetime maintenance expenses over that of a truck using traditional fuels.
- Reduced Noise
Electric lift trucks are quiet. They produce only one-quarter of the noise generated by internal combustion engines, reducing your need for ear protection PPE and creating a more pleasant work environment.
- Minimal Vibration
Lower vibration and sound levels reduce driver fatigue and improve productivity, while simultaneously lowering the risk of on-the-job injuries and workers’ compensation claims.
- Improved Air Quality
Electric trucks are battery powered and create no emissions. This eliminates your need to find a way to vent exhaust that would be emitted by a fossil fuel powered vehicle.
- Lowered HVAC Costs
With no exhaust to vent, there is no need to increase air exchange rates, keeping your heating and air conditioning costs down.
- Lessened Product Damage
Warehoused products won’t be damaged by heat and exhaust generated by gas-powered lift trucks if you choose an electric lift truck. This advantage is particularly beneficial to workplaces that feature a refrigerated environment, such as food warehouses and wineries.
- Minimized Waste
With no engine oil, transmission fluid, radiator fluid or filters that must be changed, electric lift truck have less impact on the environment.
If your operations are mainly executed indoors and on dry, flat surfaces, you may want to consider electric models over internal combustion ones when you make your next lift truck purchase. Liftow offers new and used Toyota trucks with essential forklift features, such as:
- AC power
- On-demand, full hydrostatic power steering
- Automatic fork leveling
- Active mast control
For more information on electric lift trucks or pallet trucks, battery chargers or how to select the right model for your facility, contact the experts at Liftow.