Electric forklifts and lift trucks have been prized for the same reasons many autos in the 1920s were battery-powered: They are quiet, non-polluting, smooth running and easy to maintain. Despite the benefits, only about half the industrial truck market was electric 30 years ago, according to the Industrial Truck Association.
Fossil fuels in the form of gasoline, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas have been staples of indoor and outdoor materials handling use. Material handling manufacturers struggled to provide electric options that matched internal combustion engines’ cost, refill times and throughput capability.
The two sites are nearly perfect for EV adoption due to their controlled environments and charging infrastructure. The electric trucks allow operations managers to reduce emissions in their facilities, without concern that the equipment won’t meet performance requirements.