Leading by example, we have achieved another milestone in our goal towards reducing carbon emissions. Our new initiative to introduce electric forklifts into their Auckland manufacturing and operations and their new Christchurch facility will bring several benefits.
“We have always invested well in our plants and processes to bring efficiencies and reduce our environmental impact. The electric forklift is another important step towards Tasman’s ongoing sustainability commitment to the environment with the vision to eventually fully electrify our operations.”, says Tasman Insulation General Manager Anthony Stone.
Different models of electric forklifts were reviewed and trialled as part of the selection process.
“Our staff were thoroughly involved in trials and the decision-making process. They enjoy the new, smoother and quieter forklifts with the additional benefit of ergonomics”, says National Operations Manager Murray Inwood.
“We have replaced five diesel forklifts in our Auckland warehouse with the lithium-ion battery forklifts and four in our new Christchurch Distribution Centre.”
Talking about the environmental benefits Murray says, “We wanted to move away from diesel. In New Zealand, we have one of the cleanest electricity grids and electric forklifts have proven to be cleaner for the environment and even perform better. Our selected model provides the optimum efficiency thanks to minimal and cleaner energy consumption at maximum range with one battery charge.”
“The lithium-ion batteries allow for a fast charge - less than two hours for a full charge from flat. The idea is that we can top up the charge during breaks and can maintain a full charge all day, so we no longer require storing large volumes of diesel on site. We will remove 3,000 litres per month of diesel use.”
Safety was the other critical point. “Electric forklifts do not emit gases or fumes. The batteries are located under the seats so there isn’t a big engine at the back of the forklift. This means the forklift can operate more safely and is far more compact. The back wheels can turn 90 degrees, so the turning circle is reduced meaning the back of the forklift doesn’t swing around.”
“We are very happy with the electric forklifts. Our Auckland facility will still have a few diesel forklifts in the production area, but these will be replaced with electric once their leases expire.”