Forklift operators at Russell Roof Tiles’ depots at Burton and at Lockerbie in Scotland have given the thumbs up to the electric trucks delivered last year by Linde Material Handling (UK).
The investment in 11 X-range forklifts represented a powerful commitment to carbon reduction by Russell Roof Tiles, a leading UK supplier of concrete roof tiles and UPVC accessories to major housebuilders, social housing and commercial projects.
Linde MH’s ‘X Range’ trucks feature advanced battery technology offering extended operating times and rapid charging capabilities as well as the latest safety features.
After six months of emissions-free operation the forklifts have also demonstrated exceptional performance and robustness, qualities that held strong appeal for Russell Roof Tiles.
Comfort and ease of use were other important factors in the drive for greater efficiency and productivity across its sites. The gains from lithium-ion battery operation are especially seen later in a truck’s life, given that there are fewer moving parts and no internal combustion engine to maintain.
Operations Director Bruce Laidlaw said: “The feedback from our Lockerbie and Burton sites has been very positive. The ergonomics, the lower noise levels when operating, the added new features within the trucks and the specification required from Russell Roof Tiles have all been well accepted by the drivers.”
Andy Iliff, Assistant Production Manager at the Burton site, added: “The new Linde X series lithium-ion forklifts are really good trucks to operate. Our drivers are now used to the electric charging methods and actually prefer to use these new electric trucks rather than the diesel alternatives.”