Material handling vehicles are used in virtually every industry to transfer cargo, stock and pallets. Today, the use of material-handling vehicles is the United States is a $150-billion per year industry.
The lift truck is one of the most widely used material-handling vehicles. Although lift trucks traditionally have been fueled by gasoline, propane gas or diesel fuel, according to shipments reported by the Industrial Truck Association in 2013 more than 61% of lift vehicles currently purchased are battery-powered – and this number is expected to grow.
Electric lift trucks provide many benefits, such as:
- Cost savings – realized through reduced fuel costs, lower life cycle costs and lower maintenance costs
- Environmentally friendly – realized through elimination of combustion and fumes
- Efficiency – realized through increased productivity of the drivers due to less down time, quieter operation and increased comfort and safety
The following calculator will allow you to determine the true life cycle costs and environmental benefit of electrics versus their internal combustion counterpart, with the ability to tailor to a specific customer.