Enersys has launched a programme beginning in Chicago and emanating out across the US to convert industrial lift fleets over to electric power. The rationale is it will save fleet operators an average of US$6300 worth of fuel per vehicle per year.
Called the Convert to Electric (SM) (C2E(SM)), it has been launched in Chicago because it has a high number of industrial, manufacturing and retail businesses that use these types of trucks and forklifts.
The programme entails having conversion specialists from Enersys who will conduct customised analysis for any interested businesses. The analysis calculates what batteries and chargers are specifically relevant to the needs of an individual business. An online calculator will estimate the savings a business could make in terms of money, time, maintenance and labour, by switching to electric.
“We’ve found many customers’ perceptions of battery-powered lift trucks are based on outdated information,” said Mark Tomaszewski. Enersys. “Today’s electric trucks can lift the heaviest loads, and they can work indoors or outdoors in the harshest climates.”
Enersys estimates that since 2008, their customers that have converted to electric lift trucks have saved more than US$126 million in fuel costs reduced carbon emissions by more than 217724 metric tons.