Lots of companies these days are trying to and be environmentally responsible. They desire cleaner products to use in their places of business. To be able to meet all these expectations, forklift companies and their suppliers are considering cleaner burning energy sources and alternative fuel ideas.
Technology is now able to help manufacturers make models which when compare to their IC or internal combustion counterparts use less overall energy, cost less to operate and reduce carbon footprints. These new designs are creating an obvious shift in the forklift market. Many manufacturers have since been encouraged to invest more into the research and development of these emerging machinery.
Approximately 60 percent of today's forklift market is represented by electric models. This is up from around 45% approximately 20 years ago. More and more businesses and corporations are enjoying lower operating expenses by choosing electric. For instance, the cost efficiency alone in regards to the costs of maintenance and fuel save businesses thousands of dollars. The electric models provide a longer life to the fleet, in comparison to internal combustion units and the reduced emissions in the facility allow a lot better air quality for those working indoors.
Less Emissions: There is a better overall improvement in operating condition since these units do not emit carbons and carcinogens. This has resulted in better health for all employees working near lift trucks.
Less Costs: The fewer moving parts and less heat translate to lower overall operating expenses.
Reduced Fuel Costs: When properly taken care of and maintained, batteries and chargers cost considerably less compared to Liquid Propane models and the electric units offer better costs and more stability.
Improved Operator Ergonomics: There is much heat and vibration produced by IC or internal combustion Engines. Both of these situations can greatly result in operator fatigue.