Davies Turner goes electric for greener forklifts

UK freight forwarder Davies Turner has powered up with Doosan electric forklift trucks, a greener replacement in the warehouse for the existing diesel fleet.

Davies Turner, with 23 UK branches and more than 1.6m sq ft of warehousing space nationwide, handles around 2,000 tonnes a month at its 24/7 operation Heathrow hub.

A spokesperson for Doosan said: “Fast and efficient handling of consignments is critical to hitting the deadlines and rapid turnaround required.

“Under these pressing conditions the day-to-day performance of the handling equipment underpins the business – reliability is everything. “

Traditionally, gas powered vehicles are used in heavy lifting, in-door, multi-shift, applications. However when Davies Turner came to review their fleet in early 2018 they took the opportunity to explore the possibility of replacing their gas trucks with battery powered vehicles from Doosan.

Added the Doosan spokesperson: “Importantly, the move would help support the business [Davies Turner] in its application for environmental standard ISO 14001 by offering cleaner, quieter, more environmentally friendly handling operations.”

Doosan’s electric B35X-7 3.5 tonne counterbalance trucks were supplied to Davies Turner and the benefits of transitioning from gas to electric go far beyond a cleaner, quieter working environment.

Added Doosan: “There is a significant cost difference too. The outlay of £15.00 per day per truck for gas has been replaced with the cost for charging a truck at £5 per day. Return on investment was achieved within 16 months.”

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