If you are in the market for a new forklift, you may find yourself struggling to decide between the traditional gas-powered forklift and a modern electric forklift. Green-thinking is being applied to many aspects of our world and material handling is not any different. Purchasing an electric forklift is a growing trend thanks to ongoing improvements and development of a multitude of forklift capacities. Here are a few examples of why an electric forklift will serve your warehouse better than a traditional gas-powered lift:
1. Environmentally friendly: Electric forklifts do not have a reason for an exhaust so they can help keep the air clean and free of diesel fumes. Reducing the carbon footprint of your warehouse’s equipment will help promote usage of renewable energies. You will save money on overhead by reducing the cost of fuel as well.
2. Requires Less Maintenance: Electric forklifts do not need oil, spark plugs, pistons, belts, or catalytic converters. These parts endure wear and tear in a traditional forklift requiring them to be replaced. Preventative and routine maintenance are required for traditional forklifts to ensure they are running at their fullest capacity whereas an electric forklift can save your company thousands because they require less maintenance.
3. Small in Stature-Large in Maneuverability: Electric forklifts are capable of doing it all. Since they are smaller in size than traditional gas-powered forklifts, they can navigate tighter spaces. There are also varieties of electric forklifts that may suit your business and warehouse structure better.
4. They can do it!: Electric forklifts may be smaller and lighter; however, most are capable of lifting up to 3,500 pounds with the same speed as their gas-fed counterparts. Just because they are smaller and weigh less does not mean they are not capable of lifting the same heavy loads as a gas-powered machine.