Are you interested in going electric but have some reservations about making the leap? Although electric forklifts have been around for over fifteen years, there is a common misconception that they are not the equal of regular internal-combustion engine (ICE) forklifts. But the truth is, electric forklifts are equal and, in some cases, even better than ICE forklifts!
As the world continues to think more sustainably, it’s about time electric forklifts get the recognition they deserve as being a great (not to mention greener) alternative to ICE forklifts.
Here’s are the 6 most common myths about electric forklifts:
Myth 1: Electric Forklifts Have Limited Lift Capacity
Did you know that CARER electric forklifts are available in a high capacity, pneumatic style chassis? With increasing demand for high-capacity forklifts that adhere to Tier 4 compliance, electric solutions are a good alternative!
With advancements in electrical components and higher kilowatt hours, CARER offers high capacity forklifts with similar performance to internal combustion engine forklifts. This means that electric forklifts are no longer restricted to capacities around 3,000lbs to 10,000lbs. Now with the CARER electric solution, mines, mills, manufacturers, ports, lumber, and pulp and paper companies can choose from 46 different chassis configurations with capacities ranging from 12,000lbs to 60,000lbs.
Meet the CARER A80-300X Series. With a capacity ranging from 17,500lbs to 60,000lbs at a 48-inch load center, it is a good example of an electric forklift with a high capacity.
Myth 2: The Battery Is Not Powerful Enough to Handle Heavy-Duty Applications
Not all electric forklifts are built the same! Every forklift is configured with differing power systems (battery and charger) to meet specific operational expectations. So, just like any forklift (internal combustion or electric), it is important to make certain you get the right electric forklift to suit your operational requirements.
CARER offers different energy consumption performance abilities across 46 diverse chassis configurations. With over 40 years of experience, Carer Electric Forklifts continues to focus on the necessary engineering and design required to increase runtimes. So, whether you run a single shift operation or work in a highly demanding triple-shift application, CARER has the ideal model with the exact power supply to fit your particular operational requirements.
Want to see powerful? Meet the CARER Z100-120 HD Series. It has a capacity ranging from 21,800lbs to 26,000lbs with a 120 Volt operating system.
Need some help finding the right electric forklift for you? We’d love to help! Contact us today to find out more.
Myth 3: Electric Forklifts Are More Expensive
Maybe upfront, but not in the long run! An electric forklift is only more expensive if it costs you more to keep and maintain—and it doesn’t.
At CARER, we like to analyze and measure the overall operating costs of an internal combustion engine (ICE) forklift compared to an electric. This is because it is important to us to measure the return of our customer’s initial capital investment of an electric forklift over a traditional ICE fleet. Based on our research, what we have found is that, when you factor in all operating costs, CARER’s electric forklifts often show a return on investment in under 24-months! Some operating costs that we factor into this assessment are:
- Adjusted life cycle depreciation
- Extended operating life
- Reduced maintenance & repair costs
- Energy consumption
- Labor costs
- Tire wear & downtime
Naturally, this gap will grow with high-capacity forklifts when maintenance costs and energy consumption increase with the size of the machine.
Based on our findings, in almost all cases, the operating costs for a CARER electric forklift is 85 to 95 percent less than a diesel or liquid-propane (LP) forklift. An LP forklift may cost $6000 a year, whereas an electric forklift will only cost $600 to $900 per year.
For example, CARER forklifts have approximately 90 parts whereas ICE forklifts can have up to 1100 parts. This means many moving parts that will eventually need to be replaced. In fact, the annual maintenance and repair costs of a CARER forklift are approximately one-third of what it costs to maintain and repair a similar ICE forklift.
So, when you factor in everything related to the cost of a forklift, electric forklifts end up saving you money in the long run! Meet the CARER KR55H2-Short: It is a 12,00lb railcar solution electric forklift designed for small spaces.
Myth 4: An Electric Forklift Won’t Work in My Work Environment
Did you know that electric forklifts can operate in all outdoor weather conditions? Similar to their ICE forklift equivalent, electric forklifts can operate outdoors with the ability to withstand both extreme heat and cold temperatures.
We have reached the point where electric forklifts can now take the place of the majority of ICE forklifts regardless of the operating environment. At times, CARER’s forklifts can even add additional layers of performance advantages, such as in traction and acceleration!
CARER’s electric forklifts offer models specific to each application’s specific environmental condition. Whether you’re operating during an ice storm or in the middle of a heat wave, CARER has a model to fit your environment.
Meet the F60-100HD2 series with a capacity ranging from 13,500lbs to 22,000lbs.
Want to learn more? Contact us to find out more about what CARER’s electric forklifts can do for your particular operation.
Myth 5: Electric Forklifts Are Not Actually More Sustainable
Carer Electric Forklifts is dedicated to supporting customers who want to lead their industry in environmental sustainability. In terms of sustainability, electric forklifts offer:
- Improved air quality
- Reduced dependency on variable fossil fuels (and their unpredictable pricing)
- Extended service life
- Increased tire life
- Less oil disposal
There are many incentive programs that are currently available to encourage the acquisition of machinery that eliminates carbon emissions. These incentive programs can be up to 80% of the purchase cost. Please let us help you navigate through some of the programs available in your region. Contact us today to find out more.
Meet the CARER R45-80H2 Series with capacities ranging from 9,900lbs to up to 17,500lbs.
Myth 6: Electric Forklifts Are a Fairly New Technology
Not interested in being the guinea pig for new technology? Did you know that the first forklift ever manufactured was an electric-driven unit? Fifteen years ago, 35% of the sit-down counterbalance forklifts sold into the North American market were electric driven units. Today, nearly 70% of these are now electric drive units!
Historically, the key objections to electric forklifts centered around performance, battery run-time, durability, and acquisition price. These are no longer valid protests! Today, CARER’s electric forklifts meet all operating requirements for most applications.
Once you allow yourself to become accustomed to the idea of operating an electric forklift, it will—guaranteed—become your preference going forward! So, become a market leader today by choosing the smartest solution for your operation.
Meet the CARER Z60-100H Series: With capacities ranging from 13,500lbs to 22,000lbs this machine has a 96-vold operating system.
CARER Electric Forklifts has the perfect machine for any heavy-duty application. It can handle aggressive operating environments and is always ready for a challenge. Please contact us today for information of how CARER can support the integration of industrial electric forklifts into your facility.