Debunking 5 Electric Forklift Myths

Are you considering whether you should buy an electric forklift? Certain myths about electric forklifts can leave many people hesitant about purchasing one for their company. However, those who are unaware of the innovativeness of electric forklifts could be missing out on huge opportunities within their industry.

What are some common misconceptions about electric forklifts?

You can get a great return on investment by choosing a high capacity electric forklift for your organization’s applications. Let’s debunk the following myths about electric forklifts:

  1. They are too costly to buy and maintain
  2. They are too slow
  3. The battery doesn’t produce enough power
  4. They have limited lift capacity
  5. Electric forklift technology is too new

1) “They are too costly to buy and maintain”

While electric forklifts cost more upfront, they’ll save you more in the long run on operating costs. These include adjusted life cycle depreciation, extended operating life, reduced maintenance, repair, and more. 

Pro Tip: Electric forklifts have fewer moving components that need to be replaced on a regular basis, unlike a standard diesel forklift. 

2) “They are too slow”

Electric forklifts actually travel faster than many of their IC-powered counterparts. Newer technology allows electric motors to use 100% of their available torque instantly.

3) “The battery doesn’t produce enough power”

There are varying energy consumption performance capabilities across all of our forklifts here at HTX Material Handling. Whether you’re looking for new or used equipment, we offer a powerful model that will maximize the exact power supply to fit all your operational requirements.

4) “They have limited lift capacity”

An electric forklift is a clean and powerful alternative to diesel or IC-powered ones. It’s common for most now to have capacities higher than 10,000 lbs. 

5) “Electric forklift technology is too new”

Many operators prefer to stick with electric forklifts once they’ve tried it out. This is because of benefits like reduced noise production, comfortable cabs, and a total lack of heat production. By choosing electric, you’re bringing smart solutions into your organization.


Finding reliable equipment for your facility is important, especially when you’re having to move heavy loads on a daily basis. After debunking these electric forklift myths for yourself, it’s worth considering whether your facility could benefit from this new technology. For more information, view our equipment or contact HTX today to get answers to your equipment questions.

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