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Choosing the best option for fueling your forklift fleet can save you money and time while boosting productivity. In this new video series, we debunk common myths about propane indoor usage, refueling, and cost. The facts could make a difference for your fleet.
Propane is safe indoors. Propane forklifts can operate outdoors and inside producing a cleaner operation than electric models. That’s because manufacturing, transporting, and recharging electric batteries has a significant impact on the environment compared to propane forklifts, which reduce sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions by 76 percent. SOx emissions are not only harmful to the environment, but they pose a risk to human health by irritating lungs and increasing respiratory issues.
Refueling is quick and easy. Since there’s no fuel involved, it seems like electric forklifts save major refueling time. But that’s not true! A single battery recharge can put your electric forklift out of service for several hours. Propane models keep working with a simple swap of an empty tank with a full one. Talk to your propane retailer about setting up a cylinder exchange program to replace empty cylinders with full ones.
Costs are low compared to other fuels. Propane-fueled forklifts have capital costs almost 30 percent lower than electric-powered forklifts, and have up to 20 percent lower annual fuel costs compared with diesel-fueled forklifts.