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Do the Math: Convert Your LPG Fleet to Electric
Have you made the switch to fully electric lift trucks yet? Research shows that companies can actually save a lot of money by doing so. The average LPG truck costs about $5,200 a year, whereas the average electric truck only costs about $1,066. Crunch the numbers with Barclay and discover all the ways in which converting your fleet to electric can benefit you.
The Numbers Don't Lie
Switching to electric works out to save you about 70—80% in fuel costs. This is a significant advantage. As you likely know, the cost of fueling LPG trucks is expensive and unpredictable. Gas prices constantly fluctuate, making it hard to lock in a budget each year and ultimately preventing you from investing in other areas of your business.
Additionally, electric trucks are cheaper to maintain, about 40% cheaper, in fact. They generally require less yearly and lifetime maintenance and experience less downtime than LP gas powered trucks. Not to mention, you don’t have to worry about replacing engine oil, filters and fluids on a regular basis. The only thing you might have to replace is the industrial battery. But thanks to recent improvements in motive power technologies, newer electric battery options require less maintenance and have longer life spans than previous models. Technologies such as NexSys Maintenance Free batteries, Lithium Ion and Hydrogen Fuel Cells are alternatives to the traditional lead acid batteries offering improved performance, longer life and lower maintenance and replacement costs.
Other Benefits of Switching to Electric Lift Trucks
Aside from economic benefits, electric trucks can also provide many operational and environmental benefits, including:
- Quiet operation, which can help reduce operator fatigue
- Less downtime and greater productivity
- No harmful exhaust emissions
- Better air quality
- About 30% longer service life than LPG trucks
Even so, some worry that electric lifts can’t perform as well as LPG lifts. That may have been true in the past, but now they’re quite comparable. The latest Yale electric models can accelerate and lift faster and have longer battery run times. Plus, lifts are available for both indoor and outdoor applications to suit your particular needs.
Start Saving Today
More and more companies are replacing their LP gas powered trucks with electric units, and Barclay can help you do the same. Give us a call at (908) 561-2100 or contact us online to do the math and discuss the benefits in detail.