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Electric vs Combustion Forklifts

 

 

The manufacturers of electric forklift trucks are optimistic about the future of their product lines. They feel that their forklifts have closed the performance gap often perceived between electric and internal combustion (IC) forklifts, while offering a number of advantages. Increasing environmental concerns, along with advancements in electric controls and battery technology, are helping fuel this positive feeling.

 

 

 

 Advantages and disadvantages of electric and combustion forklifts

 

 

 

Electric Forklifts                      Internal Combustion Forklifts

 

No emissions (good for indoors)

Less maintenance

Lower operating costs

Longer life

Less carbon emissions (greener)

Less danger of fire

Quiet

More compact

 

 

Lower capital cost

Available in larger sizes

No charging facilities required

Suitable for heavier cycles

Better outdoors

Easier to re-fuel

More robust

Not sensitive to bumpy terrains

 

 

Electric and Combustion Forklifts