Electric forklifts have grown in popularity due to their cost savings, enhanced performance, and environmental advantages. And from an electric forklift supplier’s perspective, it is essential to keep up with market trends while also understanding customer needs for today and in the future. In addition, introducing more efficient ways to work and giving customers an array of options for specific application requirements helps everyone make better choices for their individual needs.
How do Electric Forklifts Work?
Electric forklifts are powered by an electric motor versus an internal combustion (IC) engine. The difference between the two is that electric engines have fewer moving parts and use rechargeable fuel cells or lead-acid batteries that power the whole truck, whereas IC trucks are powered by diesel or LPG. In addition, electric-powered forklifts are quieter while in operation, making these trucks ideal for indoor use. Even though the electric forklift is better suited for indoor jobs, it is still versatile for various applications. If you are thinking about using an electric truck for an outdoor application, make sure your specific truck has an IP54 rating that specifies the ability to be used outdoors.
In addition, simply ensuring the electric-powered lift truck is equipped with the appropriate options to work outdoors will eliminate any unexpected issues. Some options to consider include:
- Enclosed Cab
- Working Lights
- Flashing Lights
- Air Conditioning
What are the Benefits of Electric Forklifts?
When using gas-powered forklifts, the pricing variable on gas will always fluctuate but typically stays around $2.00 – $2.75 per gallon. An average forklift truck needs approximately eight gallons. Therefore, for every electric forklift truck in your operation, you save a minimum of $16 a day per forklift, which adds up over time. Ultimately, choosing an electric forklift truck eliminates issues with fuel cost, and the price of electricity for charging can be considerably lower than fuel costs.
As nice as lower operating costs are, performance is the top factor when looking at what forklift truck works best for your warehouse. Electric forklifts take advantage of this category as well. Due to their higher voltage and higher frequency charging system, the electric works more efficiently. In addition, having a forklift truck that is easier to operate helps your operators be more productive in their job. With its low center of gravity and easy maneuverability, the electric forklift is easier to operate than 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.
Electric powered forklift trucks have fewer moving parts than engine-powered motors, making maintenance and service intervals less frequent and less costly. Other than checking motor cable connections and watering the battery, the electric trucks require little maintenance.
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 how the electricity is produced affects the environmental impact, an electric lift is still greener than diesel, hydrogen, or propane lifts. Additionally, electric forklift trucks produce less fluid waste than other models, as they do not require coolants or transmission fluids.
Potential Sales and Tax Exemptions
Depending on the state you operate your business in, you may be able to take advantage of certain sales tax exemptions. These exemptions are managed at a state level and will vary in specific incentive amounts. It is also important to look at neighboring state incentives for interstate arrangements that may benefit your company for taking advantage of rebate programs in the event you do business in those areas. To start researching your potential options, you may access the U.S. Department of Efficiency & Renewable Energy website.
Making the Right Choice for your Operation
We know how important it is to have the right equipment to help your company work better, smarter, and more efficiently. At Linde Material Handling, we are trusted worldwide and pride ourselves in offering specific solutions to your organization to help you take your business to the next level. Our electric-powered forklift truck offerings range from 3,000lb – 17,000lb capacities and are suited for many industries and applications. We have the right options for you, from lightweight walk/ride trucks to narrow aisle capabilities for a busy fulfillment center.
View detailed information on our electric-powered forklift offerings.
- Electric Counterbalanced Trucks
- Electric Narrow Aisle / Very Narrow Trucks
- Electric Warehouse Walk / Ride Trucks
We want to partner with you on your journey to select the right forklift truck for the job. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to find the best truck for your specific needs.