Many equipment purchasers fail to recognize the concept of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), instead looking only at the cost of acquisition in making their decision. This is a mistake. By overlooking the volatility of fuel costs and proper fleet maintenance, new equipment owners are not strategically managing resources. TCO should be a primary consideration when purchasing a new forklift.

Today’s business standards demand a proactive and practical approach to energy consumption and environmental emissions. If you don’t currently have a sustainability plan for your material handling processes, consider one. By implementing a sustainability plan, you can deliver quantifiable savings to your company within your ROI targets, tangibly reduce your carbon footprint in the communities you serve, and create a safer working environment for your employees.

Advanced electric lift trucks can play a significant role in that sustainability plan. You can improve your operation and create a more sustainable workplace.
Here’s how:
• Variable frequency charging technologies allow flexibility in battery power usage
• Use of 80V batteries offers run time up to 12 hours, potentially eliminating assets and extra batteries
• Planned off-peak charging can generate utility savings of up to 70% vs. peak periods
• Elimination of battery storage can free up significant floor space while ending the need for battery changing, a big safety improvement
• More efficient warehouse movement will reduce fuel costs by up to 90% when compared to LP fleets, and improve productivity by up to 33%
• Typical fleet costs are reduced by 35% through elimination of assets and associated labor costs when LP fleets are converted to efficient electrics

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Patrick Louiselle is a Senior National Account Manager with Wiese USA. Patrick holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and for more than 12 years has worked with Wiese USA Major Accounts to develop cost saving fleet management and sustainability programs. Patrick’s expertise lies in helping large facilities with multiple material handling challenges, re-engineer processes to ultimately do more with fewer resources.