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Ellard's Fleet Upgrade: Safer and More Sustainable Forklifts

Updated: Jan 30

At the start of 2023, Ellard partnered with Runcorn-based, Powerlift Material Handling, with the plan to supply us with new forklift trucks over the span of two years.

The partnership offers a far more sustainable option with state-of-the-art batteries with zero maintenance and zero emissions. On top of this, the batteries have an increased available capacity and a decreased time required for recharging, further reducing the volume of our emissions.

The battery utilises Tensor XGel cells, which minimises heat evolution within the cells. A process that keeps the battery healthy for longer, thus increasing the battery's efficiency and service life.

With robust safety features designed to protect pedestrians in high-volume traffic areas, coupled with Powerlift's in-depth operational training sessions, we can ensure that the safety of pedestrians and our drivers remains our utmost priority.

Steve Routledge, Powerlift MD, adds:

“All of the team at Powerlift Materials Handling Ltd are extremely grateful to have secured a contract to replace all warehouse equipment at Ellard’s Head Depot in Manchester. This will be done over 36 months to bring all the contracts in line.

The new equipment will include several benefits and upgrades to operation and safety throughout Ellard’s Warehouse. Our in-house driver trainer has also implemented a training schedule to ensure all driver's licenses are up to date before expiry. Being a family-owned local business a high level of service and personal relationship allowed us to work closely during the quotation stage to discuss features and benefits to help improve efficiency and safety.”

At the start of January 2024, we completed our transition from our old fleet to our new more sustainable safer fleet. The transition has been seamless, and all of us at Ellard look forward to further developing the partnership with Powerlift Material Handling.

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