Diesel Vs Electric

When purchasing a forklift truck there are so many things to consider: diesel or electric? In this blog post we provide you with some information that might help you to make the right decision.

Oh, and don’t forget LPG or gas… This is a third option you probably should consider.

As with any buying decision there are tens, if not hundreds, of factors that can impact your decision to buy one product over another. It’s a difficult process that needs careful consideration and although things like demonstrations can point you in the right direction, having valuable information to review at the end of the day will be the factor that empowers you to make the right decision (and getting the best deal obviously!).

When it comes to purchasing a forklift truck, it is no different and there are many things to consider; lift height, weight of pallet, distance travelled across application, type of transmission and maybe even available space… see it isn’t so easy is it?

After we get past the facts, we then have to deal with industry stereotypes and preconceived ideas of what you ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’ do. One standout area that fits into this category when purchasing a forklift is power type (diesel/gas/electric)

Traditionally, diesel tends to be used for outdoor applications, gas can cover both indoor and outdoor and electric is primarily indoor/ warehouse options.

As with many stereotypes, there is an element of truth to it. However, in this instance, the lines between application and forklift power source are being blurred.


Electric trucks can be used outside

Electric forklift trucks  have evolved in the past 10 years. The vital electrics can now be made waterproof and can work in our beautifully wet British weather.

Your application

As we’ve already mentioned, the truck fits the application, not the other way around. You may not have space for a charging area so you may have to look at an LPG forklift or do long runs along a yard so you will probably need diesel. But if it’s not as black and white as that… you need to get some advice from an expert.


The dreaded word. Well it’s simple really. Get advice, pick the correct truck and power source for your application and you will save money whilst increasing efficiency and improving safety.

Why not take a look at your options, need advice please give us a call