Fork Lift Association & Thorough Examination

Electric vs Gas Forklift: Which Is More Efficient?

Electric and gas forklifts are the two most commonly used forklift types available. As the names suggest, one is powered by electricity and the other by liquid petroleum gas. In this article, we will discuss the most efficient power option for warehouse use.

Electric Forklifts

Electric forklifts are considered the most eco-friendly as they do not give off any harmful emissions and are completely fume free in operation. As the battery weight of an electric forklift acts as an effective counterbalance, warehouses often take advantage of superior manoeuvrability and quiet operation.


Whilst electric forktrucks are considerably cheaper in terms of maintenance and service life, they often require a much heftier upfront investment due to their battery and charger. Furthermore, electric forklifts also require a battery charging station which will take up storage space.

Gas Forklifts

Gas forklifts do not need charging and tend to perform much better in travel speeds, rates of acceleration, and lift efficiency than their electric and diesel-powered counterparts. While electric forklifts are limited by charging constraints and can only be operated on smooth indoor floors, the robust gas forklifts excel both in indoor and outdoor environments regardless of weather or temperature.


Despite the competitive pricing of gas forklifts, the maintenance of these forklifts are definitely the highest of both electric and diesel powered lift trucks. With fuel costs on the rise, gas forklifts can take a serious toll on your budget

New, Used & Rental Forklift Supplier

At Beds & Bucks Forktrucks Ltd, we have been supplying new, used and rental forklifts to Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire for over three decades. Whether you are looking for an electric or diesel forklift, we stock a huge selection of lifts from our Newport Pagnell depot including forktrucks from notable manufacturers Clark, Combilift and BYD.

Combilift Sideloading Forklift