Why You Should Consider an Electric Forklift - KION North America

Why You Should Consider an Electric Forklift

Forklifts are not a one size fits all kind of machine. Different models of lift trucks have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. Using the right forklift model can make all the difference in your facility when it comes to productivity and efficiency. And with so many options out there, it can feel impossible to choose.

In order to choose the right lift for your business, you need to figure out what it is your particular operation requires. If you need a lift for an indoor facility, an electric forklift may very likely be the right option for you. Here are a few reasons you should consider an electric forklift for your business:

Cost saving

When it comes to cutting operating and maintenance costs, electric forklifts have the advantage. The cost of fuel is completely eliminated, and the cost of electricity for charging can be considerably lower than fuel costs.

Electric forklifts also have fewer moving parts than engine powered models, making maintenance and service less frequent and less costly.


Aside from the back up alarm, electric forklifts make hardly any noise. The quiet nature of the electric lift makes it great for indoor facilities, as there is no noise to impede with the driver’s hearing or communication between workers.

Environmentally friendly

Electric forklifts are also the most environmentally friendly of the lift truck models. With no fuel, the truck produces zero emissions to pollute the air during operation. While the issue of how the electricity is produced does affect the environmental impact, an electric lift is still more green than diesel, hydrogen, or propane lifts.

Additionally, electric lifts produce less fluid waste compared to other models, as they do not require coolants or transmission fluids.

Easier operation

With its low center of gravity and easy maneuverability, the electric forklift is also easier to operate in comparison to other lift models. With only an accelerator and a brake, the operator has an easier time maneuvering the lift. Automatic braking also helps reduce operator fatigue.

These advantages make the electric forklift a great option for indoor facilities and warehouses, especially for environmentally conscious facilities. But in the end, it is up to you to decide the best forklift for your operation. The type of forklift you choose should be based on factors specific to your operation and what you need out of the machine.

To learn more about different forklift options, check out our blog on electric vs. hydrogen powered lift trucks.