Climate change seems to be the topic of conversation of late as more and more companies are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint by turning to environmentally friendly practices, products, and fuels.
If you’re running a warehouse and looking to play your part in ‘going green’, a great way to reduce your carbon emissions is by operating an electric forklift over an internal combustion (IC) engine forklift.
In recent years, electric forklifts have quickly become one of the most popular choices in forklift purchases and forklift hire, with approximately 60% of current forklift purchases being electric. But why is that? And is an electric forklift the right choice for your business?
Below, we’ve outlined the Benefits of an Electric Forklift :
The type of forklift you purchase or rent, whether electric, LPG or diesel, will depend on your personal situation and the type of business that you operate. Each type of forklift has its own benefits and disadvantages and you need to consider all factors, including the environment in which your forklift will be operating.
Electric forklifts are becoming progressively appealing to many companies for the following reasons:
An Electric Forklift will Cost Less to Run,Long-term
The first thing that every buyer considers when looking for a forklift is the price. Generally, electric forklifts are more expensive to buy, which could turn some people off. But if you look at the cost factor over the long term, electric forklifts are actually less expensive to run and will save you money going forward.
Studies have indicated that over one year, an electric forklift was almost 4 times cheaper to run compared with an LPG forklift.They end up being approximately 35% cheaper to maintain over their lifetime and, due to having less moving parts than an IC forklift, there is less maintenance required.
The biggest money saver with the electric forklift is that there’s no cost for fuel. The battery is estimated to last for around five years before replacement is required.
Electric Forklifts are Environmentally Friendly
Many industrial and material handling companies are turning towards reducing their carbon footprint and embracing green technology.
During operation, an electric forklift produces zero greenhouse gas emissions and less waste, compared to a petrol or diesel forklift, which also makes them ideal if working around food products.
Electric forklifts are clean, compact and eco-friendly with no compromise on performance. However, some models of electric forklifts cannot be used outdoors.
An Electric Forklift is Reliable, Efficient and Easy to Use
Having less moving parts than an IC forklift, an electric forklift can save on downtime as they tend to have fewer breakdowns. With only a small number of components, servicing is also less complicated and not required as often.
Better stability is provided with an electric forklift as the heavy battery acts as an effective counterbalance. And, as they don’t have a large engine, they provide a lower centre of gravity and good manoeuvrability with a smaller turning radius. When likened to an IC forklift, they produce significantly less noise and deliver a smoother operation.
Rent an Electric Forklift to see if it’s Right for You
If you’re considering the purchase of an electric forklift, but you’re not sure if it will be the right choice for your business, have you thought about forklift rental?
At Aussie Forklift Hire in Sydney, we specialise in forklift hire and sales. We have a range of battery electric forklifts for hire, for either short-term or long-term rental.
Forklift rental is an affordable and flexible solution that provides many benefits over purchasing. See here to find out the benefits of hiring a forklift.
Contact us on (02) 9011 5811 or come to our factory in Peakhurst. Our range offorklifts for rent or purchase is extensive, and we’ll be able to tailor the right forklift solution for your requirements.