| To be competitive in today’s markets, you need a cleaner, “greener,” but efficient product. Forklifts are no different. Leading manufacturers are doing more R & D to meet customers’ needs for more powerful electric lift trucks that will meet tough application requirements, reduce the carbon footprint and improve productivity. Electric forklifts clearly are more environmentally friendly than their internal combustion counterparts, are becoming equally powerful and can cost thousands less to operate. In fact, compared to a forklift with an internal combustion engine, electric forklifts can be as much as 75% cheaper to own & operate over their useful life. |
Selecting the wrong charger and battery combination can quickly shorten battery life, leading to the need to replace batteries more frequently. Multiply a 50% reduction in battery life by the number of batteries in your facility and you will quickly realize the hidden costs of choosing the wrong charger for your batteries and the application in which they will operate.
What are the options for batteries and chargers? It would be easy to simply select the lowest priced available battery or charger, but this can cost your company thousands more dollars in the long-run.
There are many things that can shorten battery life, but by far the two major culprits are:
But how do you select the right battery, charger, or combination of each, for your specific applications so that you can maximize results? Our first recommendation is to call a dealership that has a proven history of service and highly trained personnel to diagnose and repair your forklifts, batteries, and chargers all in one place. These dealerships stay on the cutting edge with constant updates to both their products and personnel training, and they are equipped to help you through the maze of choices.
At Brodie Toyota-Lift, some things we consider when helping customers select electric material handling equipment include:
By determining how your equipment will be used and how often, we can help you decide if a single standard battery and basic charger will suffice, or would three batteries per forklift help you run three full shifts at maximum capacity. The combination of battery and charger will never be the same at each company. Making the wrong choice for you can lead to some hidden expenses that start almost immediately and compound each month. We have seen this happen too many times, but we can help you make the right choice of battery and charger for your application, reducing your overall costs and increasing your operational efficiency.