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Switch to Electric for Your Heavy Lifting

Did you know that nationally more than 60 percent of all forklifts purchased today are electric?  Thanks to technological advancements such as higher-voltage, modern drive systems and fast, high-frequency charging stations, electric forklifts can outperform their internal combustion counterparts in many ways:

  • Significant Cost Savings: Electricity delivers significant lifecycle savings. Higher initial capital costs for an electric lift truck are quickly offset by lower fuel and maintenance costs.
  • Reduced Emissions: Electric forklifts produce zero smog-forming and greenhouse-gas emissions.
  • Improved Productivity: Most modern electric forklifts can operate on a single battery charge for two eight-hour shifts, five days a week. Not only are they as fast and efficient as internal combustion forklifts, but in many applications they perform better, improving operational productivity.
  • Enhanced Employee Safety, Health and Satisfaction: Employees benefit from the quiet, emission-free, vibration-free operation of electric lift trucks.
  • Increased Efficiency and Fuel Savings: Electricity is more energy efficient than gasoline, diesel fuel and most sources of propane – and eliminates on-site fuel storage.

Lower cost, cleaner and more reliable electric forklifts are preferred by the majority of the material handling industry for use in warehouses, manufacturing plants and distribution centers.  Let us know if you’re considering switching your forklifts to electric.  We can help you determine if making the switch to electric is the right decision for your business.

To calculate and compare forklift costs and see how electric forklifts can help improve your bottom line, use the EPRI calculator*.

Need more help? Take a look at our Electric Forklift fact sheet, or contact a Retail Innovation Technology Advisor by email.

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