Demonstrating the benefits of electric forklifts
13 Jan 2021
For Rodney De Fouw, member electrification strategist at Great River Energy, the winter cold in the area bordering Lake Superior is more than just an uncomfortable reality or an interesting bit of trivia. He knows one of the biggest barriers to commercial and industrial (C&I) members adopting electric equipment is skepticism that it will operate reliably in northern Minnesota’s harsh weather conditions.
Concerns about electric equipment are rooted in past experiences with electric forklifts powered by lead-acid batteries that would sometimes not start or charge in extreme cold or couldn’t be used in outdoor applications due to rain and snow. While newer electric forklifts include lithium ion batteries that are protected from the elements and perform better in cold temperatures, many members continue to be wary.