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Why Should I Choose an AC-Powered Electric Forklift?

Material Handling Best Practices, Tips, Information and More from Toyota

34 - 8FBE15U_08Though direct-current (DC) powered forklifts were once the industry norm in North America, alternating-current (AC) motor electric forklifts are becoming ever more popular. However, as AC-powered forklifts grow in popularity, it’s important to understand what they actually are and how they can benefit you.

There are lots of great benefits to using an AC-powered electric forklift:

  • The battery on an AC-powered forklift lasts longer than one on DC power.

  • The maintenance on an AC-powered electric forklift is lower than DC power.

  • AC-powered electric forklifts also accelerate faster and have more responsiveness

  • AC-powered electric forklifts allow the manufacturer to finely tune the motor controls, resulting in a smoother feel to the operator.


AC motor electric forklifts can be a bit more expensive up front, but they’re much less expensive over the lifetime of the forklift. The minimal maintenance and subsequent costs also mean less down time and more productivity, which is a win for everyone.

Consider an AC-powered electric forklift as a real option for your next forklift.  For more information on AC technology and Toyota’s full electric product line, contact your local Toyota forklift dealer.

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