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Electric Or IC Engine?

Supplier: MLA Holdings
18 March, 2013

How many hours will the truck work? What type of load will you be handling?

The right questions to ask:

  • What do you need your forklift truck to do throughout its working day
  • Does your current truck meet all your requirements or have there been changes to your application
  • Will it work indoors, and, if so, is that all the time If the truck will also work outdoors, then for how long each day
  • What are the floor conditions like inside and outside Do you have smooth floors, uneven floors or potholes or are they wet at any time
  • Will the truck have to climb any gradients
  • How many hours will the truck work
  • What type of load will you be handling

Pros and Cons

Once you've got your answers to these questions, you can weigh up the following pros and cons of electric and IC trucks:

Electric Trucks - Pros

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Quiet in operation
  • Fewer moving parts than an IC engine - therefore less maintenance, and lower maintenance and lifetime costs
  • Electric trucks are usually compact, which makes them manoeuvrable- especially in the case of the three- wheel design.
  • Less deration of mast at higher lift heights
  • Very adaptable: drive, acceleration, lift, tilt and auxiliary speeds can be adapted easily to suit application or driver.

Electric Trucks - Cons

  • Generally not suitable for continuous outside use or in wet conditions
  • Need good floor conditions
  • Need to charge the battery nightly or when necessary
  • High energy use on continuous high lifts and ramp work

IC Engine Diesel/ LPG - Pros

  • Suitable for continuous use outside
  • No charging necessary- therefore the truck is always availale even outside of normal working hours
  • Can work on uneven surfaces
  • Initial lower cost than an electric truck
  • Larger capacities available than electric
  • LPG can be used in some indoor applications
  • LPG has lower emissions than diesel

IC Engine Diesel/LPG - Cons

  • Can be noisy
  • Higher emissions
  • HIgher maintenance cost
  • Higher fuel prices
  • Higher lifetime cost
  • Less adaptability than electric truck
  • Need to have a fuel supply

Our Conclusion

Armed with this valuable information on the best type of forklift for your application and business, contact an experienced and helpful local truck dealer. Drawing on their expertise, you can refine your requirements and identify the best vehicle to help your business meet its needs and goals.