In today’s post, we learn from electric utility vehicle product expert Russ Ziegler how he helps organizations with large fleets find the right vehicles based on safety, sustainability and budget. Russ has extensive experience advising fleet managers who oversee higher education, transit and/or shuttle applications. Read on to learn more about the benefits of an LSV compared to conventional, gas-powered vehicles and how Russ helps fleet managers make data-driven decisions.
Downtime is something every material handling operation wants to avoid, but for food processing operations downtime is a dirty word. In today’s article, we’ll look at some of the best material handling equipment available for:
- commercial food processing
- cold storage warehouses
- food and beverage material handling
Built with a heavy steel cross supports, impact resistant side thrusters and a heavy duty planetary drive axel, the THDC Line doesn’t flinch. Load-sensing hydraulics and engine management systems ensure your forklift can rise to meet any challenge.
Product Name: Bigfoot
Interesting Features: 3000lb load capacity with 44” wide x 77” long rear bed, large operator’s compartment, adjustable bucket seats and steering column, AC Drive, able to tow up to 7500 lb.
Price Range: $10,000 - $18,000
Value for the money: Excellent
Recommended for: small and large warehousing and manufacturing, hospitals, airports, hotels/resorts, nurseries, wineries, stadiums, large campuses, school districts, colleges and universities.
The Bigfoot can be customized for each specific application (including an ambulance) and at 44” wide has the ability to access areas not accessible by full-size work trucks or vans. Any company that needs to move people or product in a safe, efficient cost-effective manner should consider buying the Bigfoot. Speeds can be limited to 10 MPH for maximum safety in work and campus environments.
Not recommended for: use on rough terrain or public roads, or any application where a long run time is required. That said, if an electric engine isn't a critical feature, the Bigfoot comes in a gasoline-powered version that can run for 100 miles at speeds up to 18 miles per hour.
The Bigfoot is made to carry product and people on sound cement, asphalt, gravel and dirt surfaces. Turf tires are available as an option, but the Bigfoot is not made for use in rough or muddy terrain. Additionally, Bigfoot is made for industrial and commercial use and not intended for travel on public highways.
For street legal applications, or extended run time, TMHNC recommends the Polaris GEM electric vehicle, which can be licensed for street use where the posted speed limit is 35 MPH or less. The GEM is also capable of over 100 miles of run time when using Lithium-Ion battery packs.
For light duty applications, such as transporting passengers and light cargo, a golf cart may be fine. But for heavy-duty applications that require transporting cargo, covering long distances, and/or traversing steep or rough terrain, you’ll want the suspension strength, clearance and braking capacity of a commercial electric vehicle like a GEM.
With a GEM, you can drive on-road or off-road with confidence. You won’t have to worry if your vehicle’s brakes are strong enough to stop a heavy load going down a steep grade, or if all your tools and supplies will fit securely.
Generally speaking, a NEV such as a GEM is a better choice (versus a golf cart) for: shuttles and tours (especially those that cross city streets), indoor / outdoor hauling, park maintenance, and patrol / security applications.
Product Name: Polaris GEM eL XD
Manufacturer: GEM by Polaris
Interesting Features: Can be made street legal up to 25MPH
Price Range: $12,999-$34,999 (depends on options)
Value for the money: Good
Recommended for: Any application with large distances to cover - the bigger the better. This vehicle is popular with universities, airports, large warehousing, and corporate campuses that cover multiple city blocks. It's also good for maintenance departments, or general contractors in major cities. The eL XD also works great in state parks because it performs well in cold or warm weather.
The GEM eL XD can be operated on many streets with posted speed limits of 35 mph or less. But be sure to check local laws regarding street use and vehicle equipment requirements.
Personnel carriers are a cost-effective way to transport staff, security personnel, a maintenance crew, or even customers. These vehicles are not street-legal,* but are ideal for factories, warehouses, sports arenas and other outdoor venues.
Electric personnel carriers and passenger trams meet or exceed the performance of gas-powered vehicles, but cost much less to repair and maintain. In today’s post, we’ll answer common questions about these vehicles and give you some suggestions on what to ask before you make a purchase.
* Looking for information about buying a street-legal golf cart or electric maintenance vehicle? Please read our earlier post.
Over the last several years, design innovations have transformed the simple golf cart into an electric maintenance vehicle widely used on college campuses, resorts, and outdoor venues. And an increasing number of people use their street-legal golf cart, also known as a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle or NEV, in place of a car.
In this post, we’ll address common questions about buying an electric maintenance vehicle or street legal golf cart. Including:
- What’s the difference between a golf cart, and a NEV or LSV?
- How far can an electric maintenance vehicle or golf cart go on a single charge?
- How long do the batteries last?
- Buying a used versus new electric vehicle
- Additional factors to consider before you buy