A lot of corporations these days are trying to be environmentally responsible and set a good example. They desire cleaner products to utilize in their places of business. To be able to meet these expectations, forklift companies and their suppliers are considering cleaner burning energy sources and alternative fuel ideas.
One of the main surprises is that technology is enabling manufactures to make models which utilize less energy overall, reduce carbon footprints, cost less to operate and provide as much power as compared to their internal combustion or IC counterparts. These new designs are creating an obvious shift within the forklift market. Many manufacturers have since been encouraged to invest more into the research and development of these emerging equipment.
Nearly 60 percent of forklift market these days is with electric units, that is up from approximately 45 percent roughly 20 years ago. Increasingly more corporations and businesses are enjoying less operating costs by choosing electric. For instance, the cost efficiency alone when it comes to the fuel and maintenance costs save businesses thousands of dollars. The electric units offer a longer life to the fleet, in comparison to internal combustion models and the reduced emissions within the facility allow those working indoors a much better air quality.
Reduced Emissions: There is a better overall improvement in operating condition as these models do not emit carbons and carcinogens. This has resulted in better health for all employees working near lift trucks.
Reduced Costs: The less heat and fewer moving parts translate to lower overall operating expenses.
Reduced Fuel Expenses: The electric models provide more stability and better costs when properly taken care of and maintained. The chargers and batteries cost a lot less compared to Liquid Propane units.
Improved Operator Ergonomics: There is much vibration and heat produced by IC or internal combustion Engines. Both of these situations could really result in operator fatigue.