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Diesel and gasoline may be popular fuels for vehicles, but they may not be the safest and most cost-efficient option for running forklifts. Here are some of them:
Diesel and gasoline may be popular fuels for vehicles, but they may not be the
safest and most cost-efficient option for running forklifts. In that case, there is
propane for forklifts, and this can be a better option than electric forklifts.
Around 600,000 forklifts in the US warehouses are powered by propane, and for
many good reasons. Here are some of them:
Minimal emissions – Propane for forklifts produce minimal carbon emissions
compared to vehicles that run on gasoline. Otherwise known as LPG,
propane is a clean and approved fuel that is listed in the Energy Policy Act
of 1992 and the 1990 Clean Air Act as a clean-burning fossil fuel. The US
Environmental Protection Agency tested the fuel and found that vehicles
running on propane produce 30 to 90 percent less carbon monoxide and
approximately 50 percent less toxins and other smog-causing emissions
than those running on gasoline.
Safer for workers – Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal, and it can
occur when emissions are trapped in an enclosed space. Propane for
forklifts is nontoxic and it will not harm water or soil. Moreover, it may
help reduce the incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning, too. Propane
forklifts are manufactured to meet the strictest national safety
specifications and they come with an automatic shut-off mechanism in case
of an accident. This way, the flow of LPG is halted before it can endanger
workers or the facility.
Save time, increase productivity –Propane for forklifts is supplied to the
vehicle via cylinders, which are easy to replace and safe to refill compared
to natural gas tanks. In most cases, a cylinder can power a forklift for up to
eight hours, which is lengthy enough for an entire shift. You can simply
switch to a new cylinder for a new shift. And in case of a power outage, you
do not have to worry about a forklift running low on batteries.
Cost-effective – A study was done in 2005 to analyze the costs of running a
forklift on propane and compared it with that of electric forklifts. It was
found that running costs are lower than electric forklifts by a few cents, and
while that seems minimal, it can be greater when you apply that to an
entire year of using multiple forklifts in your business.