3 Comparison Points to Consider Between Electric vs. Propane Forklifts

forklift-4If your business relies on forklifts or lift trucks to operate, the top choices you have to compare are propane and electric. Here are the 3 main comparison points to consider when making your decision:

1. Performance

Propane forklifts are slightly faster than electric. The maximum speed for propane lift trucks is 9.5-10.5 mph, where electric trucks top out at 8-9 mph.

Unlike electric that need charging time, propane forklifts also can be powered 24 hours per day. They can also maintain reliable power throughout operation. They can push substantial loads at full capacity, up and down inclines, both quicker and longer than electric forklifts.

2. Refueling

When it comes to refueling a propane lift truck, you simply remove the empty cylinder and replace with a full one.

Electric lift trucks require a charged battery to operate. Trucks aren’t able to operate while a battery is charging, unlike the propane alternative.

Additionally, unforeseen power outages could present a problem to your business and cause expensive down time.

3. Maintenance

Known as one of the lightest, greenest hydrocarbons in existence, propane is categorized with the cleanest burning fossil fuels. As a result, there is little maintenance required on propane forklifts. Electric forklifts have the added required maintenance of batteries and charging stations.

Propane forklifts also have lower total cost of ownership (TOC) compared to electric, or any other gasoline (especially diesel), including lower costs for both maintenance and fuel related expenses.

If you would like to know more about the benefits and process of switching to propane for your fleet or business, contact us at Georgia Gas Distributors or call (404) 497-1600. We are happy to discuss any questions you might have about the conversion process.

With the largest fleet of service vehicles in Metro Atlanta, Georgia Gas provides the most cost-efficient and reliable propane service for forklifts in the area, including:

  • On-site cylinder fill, or cylinder exchange service
  • Regularly scheduled deliveries, ranging from once-a-week to monthly