For many industry professionals, high capacity electric forklifts continue to be machines of the future. Yet with new units such as Carer’s high capacity, lithium-powered forklifts on the market, the future is already here. But still, it’s common for people to be hesitant about purchasing because of the many electric forklift myths out there.
Those who remain unaware of the innovations in the Carer high capacity electric world are missing out on huge opportunities. Don’t stay weight down by your traditional IC forklift!
Here’s a quick look at some common electric forklift myths that will influence your next equipment purchase.
Top 6 Electric Forklift Myths | BUSTED
“Electric forklifts are costly to buy, operate, maintain, and repair.”
Though an electric forklift may cost more up front, they show a return on investment within 24 months when all operating costs are considered. These costs include adjusted life cycle depreciation, extended operating life, reduced maintenance, repair, energy, labor, tire wear, and downtime. This gap becomes larger with high capacity forklifts where maintenance costs and energy consumption increase exponentially as the size of machine increases.
For example, Carer electric forklifts have 90 parts compared to 1,100 parts on an IC truck. This means they have fewer moving components that can fail and need to be replaced. In fact, the annual maintenance and repair costs for a Carer electric forklift are approximately one-third of what it costs to maintain and repair a similar internal combustion (IC) forklift.
In almost all cases, the operating costs for a Carer electric forklift is 85-95% less than a diesel or LP forklift. Where an LP forklift might cost $60,000 per year, a comparable Carer electric forklift will only cost $600-$900 per year. When the math is done, what seems to be a premium on an electric truck ends up becoming savings.
“Electric forklifts are too slow.”
Carer electric forklifts actually possess a faster travelling and lifting speed than many of their IC-powered counterparts. This is because the technology behind Carer’s electric motors allows it to use 100% of its available torque instantly. When the driver of a Carer truck pushes down on the accelerator pedal, the shift from being fully stopped to maximum set speed is almost instantaneous. Let’s say you were to put an IC powered forklift and a Carer electric forklift side by side in the same application, needing to travel the same distance. If they started at the same time, the Carer forklift would likely be halfway to the destination before the IC truck would hit its top speed.
“The battery doesn’t produce enough power for my application.”
Each electric forklift can be configured with vastly different power systems (battery and charger) to meet specific operational expectations. Carer offers varying energy consumption performance capabilities across 46 different chassis configurations with lift capacities up to 33,000 lbs. Equipped with an 80 or 96 volt operating system and the option to provide lithium ion batteries, there are few applications where these forklifts struggle with power output. With over 40 years of experience, Carer continues to focus on the necessary engineering and design to maximize run times for performance demands across several industries. Whether it’s in a single or triple shift application, Carer offers the ideal model that will maximize the exact power supply to fit all operational requirements.
“Electric forklifts are limited by lift capacity.”
Did you know that Carer electric forklifts are available with a high capacity, pneumatic style chassis? With increasing demands to have high capacity forklifts adhere to Tier 3 compliance, an electric unit is a clean and powerful alternative. It is common for electric forklifts now to have capacities higher than 10,000 lbs. With advancements in the electrical components and higher kilowatt hours, Carer can offer high capacity forklifts with similar performance as their internal combustion counterparts. Now mines, mills, manufacturers, ports, and lumber companies can choose from 46 chassis configurations with capacities ranging from 12,000-55,000 lbs.
“Electric forklift technology is too new.”
The first forklift manufactured was an electric unit. 15 years ago, 35% of the sit-down counterbalanced forklifts sold in North America were electric. Today, nearly 70% are electric drive units. The key objections to acquiring electric forklifts are no longer valid. Once operators allow themselves to become accustomed to operating an electric forklift, it often becomes their preference going forward. Most operators prefer to stick with electric units instead of returning to an IC model. This is largely due to the reduced noise production, comfortable cabs, and total lack of heat production. Choosing electric makes you a market leader, driving smart solutions into your organization.
“Electric forklifts won’t work in our environment.”
Did you know that electric forklifts can operate outdoors in all weather conditions? Much like the automotive industry, electric forklifts can take the place of most ICE forklifts. At times they may even grant additional performance advantages, especially in traction and acceleration. Carer electric forklifts offer models specific to each application’s environmental conditions. Whether it’s cold and snowy, or excessively hot and humid, Carer has a model that will fit any environment.