Perhaps you’ve been considering electric forklifts for a while. Or maybe you’re in the market for a new forklift, and now you’re curious about the electric versions.
Electric forklifts are growing in market share. What’s more, electric forklift sales are predicted to continue to grow. There are many good reasons to consider an electric forklift. Here are three of the best.
Gas is expensive right now, but did you know an electric forklift operates for 25 – 30 percent less than a gas-powered forklift? The savings add up quickly when you look at total cost of ownership.
Here’s an example: A 5,000 lb. forklift running at 2,000 hours consumes approximately $4,500 in LP gas annually. The electric equivalent? It only consumes $700 in electricity annually. That’s an 85% energy savings per truck!
If the gas savings alone isn’t enough to convince you, look at how electric forklifts compare to gas-powered forklifts in maintenance costs. Electric forklifts have approximately 50% less parts than gas-powered forklifts. Less parts means less maintenance.
Electric-powered forklifts can be more compact than gas-powered forklifts, since they don’t need fuel storage. If you have narrow aisles or need space freed up in your facility, an electric forklift can help. The more compact shape allows them to move using a smaller radius, so they make It easier to maneuver inside a facility.
If you choose to move toward an all-electric fleet, you save space on gas storage as well.
Of course, there are more than three reasons to choose an electric forklift for your warehouse needs. Electric forklift benefits also include less emissions, less heat and less noise. All of these factors improve the quality of your warehouse space, making it more comfortable for your employees.
Reduced emissions are a factor in better employee health and safety. An electric forklift produces no greenhouse gas emissions.
Today’s electric forklifts offer amazing battery power. At G&W, we have industry leading electric lift trucks that can operate up to and beyond 16 hours on a single shift. Some of our electric forklifts can run more than 4,000 hours per year on one battery.
Electric forklifts can initially cost more than gas-powered versions. However, when considering an electric forklift, it’s important to focus on total cost of ownership. While the outlay for an electric forklift might be higher, over the lifespan of the lift truck, switching to electric forklifts may be the more cost-effective option.
At G&W, our sales team can discuss your options and find the right forklift for your budget. We sell a variety of electric lift trucks from proven brands like CAT, Mitsubishi and Jungheinrich.
Now that you’re aware of the benefits of electric forklifts, why not talk to G&W about your next purchase? Contact us today.