Though direct-current (DC) powered forklifts were once the industry norm in North America, alternating-current (AC) motor electric forklifts are becoming ever more popular. However, as AC-powered forklifts grow in popularity, it’s important to understand what they actually are and how they can benefit you.
There are lots of great benefits to using an AC-powered electric forklift:
- The battery on an AC-powered forklift lasts longer than one on DC power.
- The maintenance on an AC-powered electric forklift is lower than DC power.
- AC-powered electric forklifts also accelerate faster and have more responsiveness
- AC-powered electric forklifts allow the manufacturer to finely tune the motor controls, resulting in a smoother feel to the operator.
AC motor electric forklifts can be a bit more expensive upfront, but they’re much less expensive over the lifetime of the forklift. The minimal maintenance and subsequent costs also mean less downtime and more productivity, which is a win for everyone.
Consider an AC-powered electric forklift as a real option for your next forklift. For more information on AC technology and Toyota’s full-electric product line, contact W.D. Matthews.