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Propane for Forklifts: All the Power for Less Expense

According to the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), propane is used to fuel 670,000 forklifts in factories and warehouses across the US, accounting for 80% of the spark-ignition forklift market. Here are just a few reasons why propane is such a popular alternative forklift fuel source:

Economy

  • Propane produces a reduced amount of engine deposits compared with gasoline and diesel, minimizing maintenance costs and extending the life of the engine, with propane engines often lasting up to twice as long as gasoline engines.
  • In addition, initial investment and overhead costs related to natural gas refueling stations and electrically charged batteries are avoided, as are the losses due to pilfering, spillage, and evaporation associated with gasoline and diesel.

Environmentally Friendly

  • A non-toxic and clean-burning fuel, propane does not spill or evaporate into the atmosphere. As a result, propane-fueled forklifts reduce emissions (such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, hydrocarbons, and particulate matter) by 19% compared with gasoline-fueled forklifts and by 17% compared with diesel-powered forklifts.

Efficiency

  • Propane is reported to have the highest efficiency rating as a forklift fuel option (at nearly 90%) compared with natural gas (87%), diesel (85%), and gasoline (82%).

Power

  • Propane forklifts maintain consistent, full-capacity power throughout operation, unlike electric forklifts, which lose power as the battery discharges.
  • In addition, they have better ground speed than electric forklifts and can push and pull heavier loads up and down inclines for a longer duration.

Versatility

  • Propane cylinders are easily portable and storable, and propane forklifts can be used indoors and outdoors, even in inclement weather.
  • In contrast, electric forklifts are predominantly for indoor use, while gasoline and diesel forklifts, due to their emissions, are typically used only outdoors.

Ease and Reduced Frequency of Refueling

  • Propane forklifts can be refueled more quickly than natural gas or electric forklifts, and a typical 33.5-lb cylinder can power a forklift for 8 hours, lowering labor costs for time spent refueling.

Safety 

  • Propane forklift tanks, fuel lines, and carburetion components meet or exceed strict safety specifications. They also feature built-in automatic fuel shut-off in case of accidents.

Domestic Availability 

  • 90% of propane is produced in the U.S., compared with 30% of petroleum, reducing the cost and energy use associated with transportation as well as our dependence on foreign oil.

Reliability

  • Unlike electric and natural gas forklifts, which require electricity for refueling, propane forklifts can be refueled and used during power outages, reducing the risk of production loss.

Sources:
http://www.westernpga.org/ContentPageWithLeftNav.aspx?id=5024
http://www.forkliftpropane.com/advantages/
http://www.autogasusa.org/propane-vehicles-and-equipment/forklifts/
http://www.expopropane.com/reasons-forklift.html
http://www.npga.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1291
http://www.mbtmag.com/articles/2011/08/propane-fueled-forklifts-offer-sustainability-performance

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