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The Green Fork in the Road: Fuel Powered vs Electric Forklifts
As companies become increasingly aware of the effects fuel powered equipment have on the quality of the environment in and around the warehouse, many businesses are taking action to reduce their carbon imprint through the use of electric forklifts and other material handling equipment.
At one point in time, fuel powered engines were the only solution for many material handling warehouse tasks. Electrics were considered for only light duty applications but that is no longer the case.
Electric forklifts have made a name in the warehouse as some of the most efficient and reasonable options for indoor production. Offering a machine with minimal noise, decreased maintenance and increased operator efficiency, electric forklifts can eliminate harmful emissions while allowing companies to achieve effective production as well as EPA regulation goals.
Lift trucks are an essential part of any warehouse and can use a large amount of energy. Warehouse managers can significantly reduce energy consumption by:
- Using lift trucks designed to use the least energy
- Obtaining the right fleet with features that fit the application best
- Creating warehouse layouts that minimize travel
- Optimizing battery performance and service life
The professional representatives at Barclay can recommend the most effective forklifts and material handling equipment to meet objectives of the warehouse and distribution application. Currently the Yale lift truck brand offers a complete electric line including pallet trucks, order selectors, pallet stackers, order pickers, reach trucks, very narrow aisle equipment, tow trucks and 3 or 4 wheel rider forklifts in various lifting capacities and tire types.
As the need for more sustainable lift trucks evolves, so has the technology behind how they work. Yale and Barclay are helping lead the way. Electrics can present a cost advantage to fuel powered engine machines. They have no fuel storage, no fuel cost and can be a lower cost of ownership for a company’s forklift fleet.
The EPA has mandated a reduction of harmful nitrogen oxide emissions inside facilities such as production and warehouse operations. An electric fleet conversion could not only eliminates lift truck emissions, it can reduce the environmental imprint by over 14,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and 6,200 lbs. of carbon monoxide per unit annually. *Note - research and data supplied by Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Going green can actually drive down operating costs, increase productivity and help the environment. This Earth Day, find out how to reduce the carbon footprint of your company’s warehouse. Let Barclay help you calculate the cost to convert your forklift fleet to all electric utilizing the Yale’s new NexGen line of forklifts.