Electric and propane lift trucks are two popular alternatives to diesel-powered options. Electric forklifts commonly use lead-acid batteries, but lithium-ion batteries are growing in popularity. Propane forklifts, also called LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) forklifts, are powered by propane.
Your fleet’s power source affects the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of handling operations. Learn three benefits of electric forklifts over propane to understand how going electric can help your business.
Reduced Environmental Impact
Propane forklifts emit harmful pollutants and greenhouse gases during operation. In contrast, electric forklifts produce zero tailpipe emissions, making them a more eco-friendly choice.
This difference is particularly important for indoor operations where poor air quality can negatively affect workers’ health. By switching to electric forklifts, companies can reduce their carbon footprint and create a healthier working environment.
Propane and Carbon Monoxide
When propane combusts completely, it produces carbon dioxide and water. However, incomplete combustion yields carbon monoxide, a toxic gas that interferes with the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen. Headache, fatigue, and dizziness may indicate overexposure and inadequate ventilation of carbon monoxide.
Lower Total Cost of Ownership
Another benefit of electric forklifts over propane is the lower total cost of ownership. LPG forklifts cost less upfront. But within about two years, an electric forklift will offset the initial cost difference. That’s because electric forklifts have lower energy costs and operation and maintenance (O&M) costs.
Your forklift’s specifications affect the cost of ownership. Brand-new, standard-capacity electric forklifts often cost between $20,000 and $45,000. Batteries for forklifts—whether lead-acid, lithium-ion, new, or refurbished—also affect the overall cost.
Quieter and Smoother Operations
Finally, electric forklifts operate much more quietly and smoothly than propane lift trucks. The reduced noise level can improve working conditions for employees, improving workplace satisfaction and productivity. Quieter operations can be particularly advantageous in indoor operations.
Electric forklifts don’t vibrate as much as LPG forklifts. Reducing vibrations can decrease worker fatigue, improving how operators handle the lift truck and reducing the risk of injury or product damage.
Electric-powered lift trucks have a lower environmental impact, lower total cost of ownership, and provide more operator comfort compared to propane forklifts. Shop with Green Power Forklift Batteries for new and reconditioned industrial batteries that improve the efficiency of your business operations.