Slowly but surely, electric forklifts are carrying more of the daily material handling load. Some of the reasons are obvious, but it is clear to most that eventually we must do more than continue to burn fossil fuels in the transportation of our products. We still have progress to be made before electric forklifts can perform all the tasks of their LP forklift counterparts. However, most forklift manufacturers are improving performance and outdoor durability with each passing year. It is only a matter of time before they catch up. There are good reasons for this transfer of power, a few major reasons are:
- Reduced maintenance costs – Electric forklifts have fewer moving parts than their internal combustion counterparts. Fewer parts, means reduced maintenance, which results in a considerable reduction in maintenance costs.
- Greatly reduced environmental impact – Electric forklifts greatly reduce, if not eliminate emissions. And there are other environmental benefits including, no engine coolant to dispose of or purchase, no engine oil or transmission fluid to do the same.
- Improved ergonomics and working environment – Electric forklifts are quieter with nearly no vibrations to deal with. This provides a more comfortable operating atmosphere for your forklift operators as well as the rest of the personnel that work around your lift trucks.
- Supply chain trends to go green – Every year, more and more companies are encouraging if not outright requiring their suppliers to improve their impact on the environment and electric forklifts are one of the major steps that companies are taking to do so.
While we have some work to do, it’s pretty clear that electric forklifts are making great strides to become a mainstay in materials handling equipment. Check out our line-up of GEX series, 80Volt electric forklifts from Clark Material Handling.Call us for more information or a quote today and start improving your environmental impact and your bottom line!