5 Reasons to Invest in an Electric Forklift
Forklift technology has come a long way in the past few decades, and there’s now more choice than ever. Businesses have the option to acquire gas forklifts, diesel forklifts or electric forklifts. While there are pros and cons to each of these forklift options, electric forklifts are often seen as the greatest investment of the three. Not only an investment in money, but also in a safe and satisfied workforce.
In this article, we are going to explore the top 5 benefits of electric forklifts.
Easier and safer to drive
Electric forklifts are easier to manoeuvre due to their compact design. They have a tighter turning radius and a reduced rear overhang, making it much easier to drive around tight corners.
There are also fewer distractions for the driver. Electric forklifts produce less noise and vibrations, making it a much smoother and less fatiguing drive for the operator. Plus, there’s no clutch, meaning the driver can focus on… driving.
Electric vehicles have soared in popularity, largely due to their environmental footprint. Electric forklifts emit zero emissions or fumes while operating, meaning they’re better for the environment than diesel or gas forklifts. Using electric forklifts will help to bolster your business’ reputation as a low-carbon-footprint company.
Zero fumes make electric forklifts much safer for the operators, too. Unlike gas or diesel forklifts, electric forklifts can be used in enclosed indoor areas without risking the safety of the driver.
Lower maintenance costs
One of the reasons electric forklifts are often considered to be an investment is their low maintenance costs. Even if some models cost a little more upfront, you’ll be saving money in the long run by not having to refuel with petrol and by spending less on maintenance and repairs. Electric forklifts generally don’t have as many problems as diesel or gas forklifts because they have fewer moving parts.
Reduced noise pollution
Put simply, electric forklifts are quiet. This is a significant advantage for the comfort and safety of the driver and those who work in the warehouse where the forklift is being driven. While it may at first seem as though a lack of noise would be a hazard and therefore a disadvantage, drivers can still use the horn to alert pedestrians when travelling through entrances or around corners. The advantages of reduced noise include a more comfortable working environment and the ability for the driver to hear warehouse operatives who are instructing them on where the forklift needs to travel to. It also makes teamwork and communication more efficient.
Easily replaceable batteries
With fewer parts, electric forklifts tend not to need replacements as much as gas or diesel trucks. If something does need replacing, it’s usually the battery. Luckily, the battery is easy to source and replace, unlike many of the components on a gas or diesel forklift.
At East Midlands Forklifts, we have forklifts for everyone. We supply gas, diesel and electric forklifts to businesses across the East Midlands, including Leicester, Nottingham and Derby. You can find the perfect forklift for you on flexible hire contracts and at affordable prices. We even offer professional maintenance contracts to ensure that downtime is kept to a minimum.