There are a lot of equipment options to move material — whether in a warehouse or port-side — and the energy options to power those applications are plentiful, too. Fortunately, there’s one energy source that can do it all.

Propane has been long at work keeping material handling activity safe, efficient, and reliable. A trusted energy source, propane has been used in the transportation sector for both on- and off-road vehicles for several decades. It has become a leader in the material handling market because it offers a number of key advantages compared to other sources, one of which is its unmatched versatility. Today, propane is used in a variety of material handling applications, ranging from forklifts to on-road vehicles to sea-side vessels.

Propane forklifts come in a variety of sizes, meaning they’re more than capable to handle any weight class — which isn’t the case with other options. Electric forklifts can’t provide the power needed for larger jobs, and diesel isn’t suited for small jobs. Plus, propane forklifts — because of their low-emissions profile — have the added versatility of working indoors and out, while diesel equipment isn’t suited to operate indoors.

Work trucks and light- and medium-duty vehicles can be powered by propane, too. Trusted by fleets across the country, propane autogas vehicles are helping crews get the job done while saving more. In fact, propane autogas vehicles are known to have the lowest cost-of-ownership, compared with other options. Light- and medium-duty fleet vehicles are available from major manufacturers — as both OEM-dedicated vehicles and EPA/CARB-certified aftermarket conversions.

In addition, propane can power other applications beyond the material handling essentials including port and terminal tractors, shuttles, standby and backup generators, and small ocean liners. Propane-powered equipment comes in a variety of engine sizes from trusted engine and fuel system manufacturers including Power Solutions International (PSI), Agility, Origin, and Cummins.

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