An Investigation of the Commercial Alternative Power Sources for the Counterbalanced Industrial Lift Truck.
ARMY MOBILITY EQUIPMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMAND FORT BELVOIR VA
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A comparative analysis of four different power sources gasoline, liquid petroleum gas LPG, diesel, electric for 4,000-lb capacity forklift trucks was made for productivity, exhaust emission characteristics, noise levels, energy consumption, reliability, maintainability, operating costs, and safety ramifications. The principal Conclusions reached were 1 Internal combustion engine ICE trucks are more productive than are electric 2 Diesel was most productive truck 3 Electric truck was most economical considering only energy costs diesel was second 4 All trucks except electric exceeded accepted noise standard 5 Diesel truck emitted significantly less carbon monoxide CO than did gasoline or LGP.
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