4 Energy Efficient Benefits of Electric Forklifts

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Are you in the market for a new forklift? Are you torn between the traditional gas-fed forklift or the modern electric forklift? There is no question when you purchase an electric forklift that you are ushering your fleet in to tomorrow. As green technology is integrated more in to commercial material handling initiatives, the development of environment friendly goods and products have become a rudiment in the workplace. This same certitude holds true with forklifts. Today, there are more electric forklifts available in a multitude of capacities, delivering sustainability in the most candid of ways. If you are considering an electric forklift for your next purchase, there are many reasons why to do so. These devices are a fantastic energy-efficient option. Here are four benefits to owning an electric forklift:

1) Requires Little Maintenance

Electric forklifts require as much maintenance as traditional gas-fed forklifts because they do not sustain their power from combustion, therefore they do not require many of the components and mechanisms found in a traditional forklift apparatus. Electric forklifts do not need oil, pistons, spark plugs, belts or catalytic converters. As many automotive owners would attest to, these parts undergo the inevitable wear and tear that destine these products to eventually need replacement. As a result maintenance must be undergone on both a preventative and routine basis and thus overhead costs are far more significant. Electric forklifts can save any business thousands because they require far less tender, love and care.

2) Environmentally Friendly

Electric forklifts do not contribute to bad air quality because they don’t have exhaust of gas/diesel lifts. For example, Mitsubishi has raised the bar by implementing adherence to their own state-of-the-art credentials, including the coveted ISO 14001 certification, which champions adherence to advanced environmental management protocols. Electric forklifts promote improvements and advancements in green technology by reducing carbon emissions and eliminating the need for petroleum and fuel altogether. Not only will companies save money on overhead, they will also integrate technologies geared to lower carbon footprint and promote usage of renewable energies.

3) Up For The Task

Electric forklifts can transport heavy goods quickly and with much less effort than other machines/people. These devices can take on any task that a traditional gas-fed forklift is typically assigned for. Many electric forklifts can lift up to 3,500 pounds of goods while still yielding the same power and fortitude as their gas-fed rivals. Bottom line, electric forklifts can do everything a combustion forklift can do and lift those heavy pallets high into the mezzanine just as quickly and swiftly.

4) Small Size Allows Maximum Maneuverability – These contraptions can do it all. Electric Forklifts thanks to their smaller size can navigate and negotiate tighter spaces better than traditional cumbersome gas-fed forklifts. According to Direct Industry, electric forklifts come in a wide range of variety and capacities to suit unique material handling applications. Most notably, there is the narrow aisle forklift and the three-wheel forklift, which makes handling and maneuverability ideal for those tough narrow spaces. Efficiency is geared from productivity and as a result these devices make any supply chain more productivity and thus require less time and energy.

About Tom Reddon

Tom has been involved in the forklift industry since 1986. He loves doing research, blogging, and speaking about forklifts. You can contact Tom on his Twitter or Google+ profiles.

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