Q: “Is propane more expensive than other alternative fuels?
A: No. Propane-powered forklifts actually have a cost advantage over electricity-, diesel- and gasoline-powered forklifts. In addition to propane-powered lifts’ lower purchase price, studies have shown that propane engines last longer than other engines and require less maintenance over time, resulting in even greater savings.
Q: “Beside cost, what incentive is there to switch to propane?
A: The forklift drivers’ health should be a major factor in determining what type of fuel is used to power a forklift. Propane is a clean-burning, non-toxic fuel, so a properly maintained forklift is safe to use indoors. Because propane-powered forklifts carry fuel in a sealed, pressure-tight system, a significant source of secondary pollution is eliminated.
Q: “How do propane emissions compare with other fuel emissions?
A: Research studies have proven that properly maintained propane engines produce significantly fewer carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon, particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions than gasoline- or diesel-fueled forklifts.
Q: “Propane seems to have environmental advantages over gasoline and diesel, but how does it compare with electricity-powered forklifts?
A: Unlike electricity-powered lifts, propane forklifts provide consistent power 24 hours a day. Also, electric forklifts can take up to eight hours to recharge, but it takes only five minutes to change a propane cylinder.
Q: “How does propane forklift performance compare with electricity-powered forklifts?
A: Propane-powered forklifts outperform electric forklifts in both indoor and outdoor applications. They have demonstrated the ability to lift, push and pull heavy loads at full capacity, up and down inclines, for longer periods and with improved ground speed when compared with electric forklifts.