Total Forklift Operating Cost Propane vs Electric

The following comparison chart shows you how an electric forklift can cost you much less than a propane one over time.

 

Forklift Operating Cost Propane vs Electric

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In our Total Forklift Operating Cost Propane vs Electric article, we'll break down the total cost of purchasing and maintaining these two types of forklifts.

We have over 40 years in the forklift business, and we would love to share our expertise and experience with you so that you get the perfect forklift for your needs.

In our Total Forklift Operating Cost Propane vs Electric article, will show you how even though a propane forklift is cheaper to purchase than an electric one, the electric model will end up costing you much less over the time that you own it. Let's show you why.

 

Forklift Operating Cost Propane vs Electric

Electric forklifts have a much lower total cost of ownership than their propane counterparts. Let's take a closer look at the above example to prove our point.

Propane (LPG) forklifts have an internal combustion (IC) engine and will cost you much less to purchase new than a comparable electric one.

In our chart above, Forklift Operating Cost Propane vs Electric, the New Komatsu IC FG25ST (LPG) costs $23,000 to purchase where the New Komatsu Electric FB25SH cost $34,000 to purchase.

That's $11,000 more. However, the electric forklift will actually cost you $7,120 less to own and operate after only 5 years. How can that be?

Here's why.

 
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An electric forklift will have a lower cost of ownership than a propane one

 

Electric Forklifts Cost Much Less to Operate

When you factor in both maintenance and fuel costs that you will incur over the time that you own your forklift, an electric one will actually cost you less.

 

Maintenance Costs

You will spend much less in maintenance costs for your electric forklift over a comparable propane model. We do the math below to show you how this is possible!

 

LPG Fuel (liquid petroleum gas):

On average, a propane forklift will cost you about $1.15 per hour that it’s in service to keep it properly maintained. Therefore, in our example where our forklifts are used for 120 hours per month, the cost to maintain the propane forklift would be about $138.

 

120 hours in service x $1.15 maintenance cost per hour = $138
per month

 

Electric Forklift:

On average, an electric forklift will cost about $0.90 per hour that it’s used to keep it properly maintained. So, if we look again at our example electric forklift that is used for 120 in a month, the total cost to maintain it would be $108.

 

120 hours in service x $0.90 maintenance cost per hour = $108
per month

 
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An electric forklift will have lower monthly fuel and maintenance costs

 


Fuel Costs

You will spend much less in fuel costs for your electric forklift over a similar propane one. Let's take another look at our above example to discover why.

 

LPG Fuel (liquid petroleum gas):

Petroleum costs about $2.00 per gallon to purchase (prices fluctuate - for the current average price per city in Canada, click here).

Our propane forklift in the above example has an 8 gallon tank. After 120 hours of operation in a month, this forklift will go through about 20 tanks per month. Each tank of fuel will cost $16.00, so the total cost of fuel for this forklift will be $320.

 

20 tanks x $16.00 per tank = $320.00

 

Electric Battery: An average electric forklift battery will use 4 Kilowatts to charge it after each hour it is used.

The average cost of electricity is about $0.10 per Kilowatt hour. This forklift is used for 120 hours in one month. Therefore the cost to charge its batter each month would be about $48.00.

 

120 hours x 4 Kilowatts x $0.10 = $48.00

 

Therefore, your fuel costs to run an electric forklift will be about $272 less every month.

 
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The above graph shows total maintenance, fuel and purchase price costs per month

 

Total Monthly Expenses

As you can see from the above graph and following chart, the electric forklift costs much less, $302 less, to operate per month than the propane unit.

Even when you factor in the higher purchase price of the electric unit, spread over 60 months, the electric forklift will still cost you $118.66 per month less than the propane one.

Spread over the entire 60 months of ownership, your savings will be an incredible $7,120. If you own your forklift longer than 60 months, your savings will be even greater!

 
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An electric forklift will still cost you $118.66 per month less than a propane one

 
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Total Forklift Operating Cost Propane vs Electric - Learn More from Wayco

We hope you’ve found our Total Forklift Operating Cost Propane vs Electric article informative and helpful.

If you are looking for the best new or used forklift for your business, contact Wayco.

We can show you which type of forklift -propane or electric - would be the best choice for your application.

 

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