5 Eco-Friendly Forklifts to Consider

Green lift truck iconAs green technology is integrated more and more into industrial and material handling enterprises, new methods of developing environmental friendly goods and products emerge to the forefront. The same is true with forklifts. There are wide range of eco-friendly forklifts, enabling operators to do more work with less power, delivering sustainability with lowered emissions of CO2 compared to others.

An energy efficient forklift impacts the battery life of the product and causes batteries to be changed less frequently. Eco-performance aids less energy costs, lowering the components wear thus ensuring lower maintenance costs and moving more without increasing labor costs. Low emissions and efficient forklifts are a part of a global commitment to environmental sustainability. Here are five eco-friendly forklifts to consider when purchasing your next machine:


Starke prides itself on collaborating with world leaders in automotive technology to establish and offer a dynamic line of eco-friendly forklifts and material handling appliances. STARKE forklifts offer the most current machines built on economic and ecologic technologies. Their features include energy saving and reduce component wear as compared to other competing vendors. STARKE is committed and dedicated to improving forklift solutions and reducing energy consumption. In addition, Starke offers EPA approved LPG and Diesel engines manufactured by proven companies.

2) Nissan UniCarriers

Collaborating with Nissan, UniCarriers offers an extensive selection of lithium-ion powered forklifts. Priding themselves on innovation and cutting-edge green technology, these devices are the first of its kind. Nissan UniCarriers also feature Nissan’s one-of-a-kind Fuel Cell Vehicle technology which incorporates hydrogen fuel cells into the combustion process. As a result, these products achieve in 0% emission of CO2. Nissan UniCarriers also pride themselves on longer life, faster recharging and streamlined maintenance for their fleet.

3) NFM

NFM has created the Nichiyu series of forklifts and material handling appliances. These devices are entirely electric and are ergonomically designed to cater to the most unique scenarios and situations. NFM offers a three-wheel counterbalance, four-wheel counterbalance, rack, stand-on reach and sit-on truck forklift.

4) Toyota

The Geneo is the new hybrid invention from Toyota, resulting in 50% improvements of fuel use while still being able to tackle the toughest material handling challenges. The Geneo can lift up to 3,500 pounds of goods but still promote fuel efficiency and eco-friendly initiatives.

5) Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi is another forklift manufacturer that focuses on environmentally conscious forklift operation. Mitsubishi internal combustion lift trucks come with envirO2 engines to further ease burdens on the environment. Mitsubishi is also proud to bolster industry-leading credentials, including the ISO 14001 Certification in warehouse and production settings after integrating an internal environmental management system.

Leading industry manufacturers are committed to contributing to the global green technology movement. Each distributor offers a product that may be ideal for different situations. There are many options available to choose from. When that old gas-fed forklift finally breaks down, consider purchasing an eco-friendly forklift, with more selections and features to choose from. The process has never been easier.

About Tom Reddon

Tom has been involved in the forklift industry since 1986. He loves doing research, blogging, and speaking about forklifts. You can contact Tom on his Twitter or Google+ profiles.

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