Propane Vs. Electric Forklifts: Which is Better?

Propane forklifts offer efficiency, affordability and safe operations.

forklift tank service Ocean county, nj Blue Flame proudly serves commercial clients in Atlantic, Cape May, Burlington, Bucks County, and many other New Jersey and Pennsylvania counties. These clients run warehouses, construction sites, manufacturing facilities or other businesses that depend on forklifts to stay efficient and profitable.

What is the best power source for forklifts? The first forklift was invented in 1917, and by the 1930s, they were common in the U.S. Propane has powered forklifts since the 1950s. There are many good reasons businesses still prefer propane over the other energy sources on the market, including electricity.

Let’s take a moment to compare electric and propane forklifts to determine which is best for your business.

Workplace Efficiency

Both a fully charged forklift battery and a full cylinder of forklift propane can typically provide eight hours of operation. However, the time it takes to recharge an electric forklift can cost you a fair amount of productivity. Conversely, refueling a propane forklift is incredibly quick. Just remove the empty cylinder and attach a full one.

There’s also the matter of lifting and moving power. Electric forklifts slow down as their batteries run low. They also struggle to go up inclines carrying large loads as their power diminishes. There is no “fade” with propane forklifts. They maintain full power if there’s any fuel in their cylinders.

Indoor and Outdoor Operations

Both electric and propane forklifts can operate safely indoors. Propane produces very few nitrogen or sulfur oxides and virtually no particulate matter. Propane’s carbon monoxide generation is low enough for indoor usage.

If you need your forklifts to work well outside, on the other hand, propane is the better energy source. Most electric forklifts can be damaged when it’s raining. Propane-powered forklifts can keep running in wet weather.


Investing in a propane-powered forklift fleet is generally much more affordable than going the electric route. Capital expenses for propane forklifts are nearly 30 percent lower than electric forklifts because you don’t need to invest in such pricy items as additional batteries or charging stations.

Even while virtually all energy costs have surged in recent years, propane — a plentiful, predominately U.S.-made fuel — has remained relatively stable.

Come to Blue Flame to arrange dependable forklift cylinders.

When it comes to propane forklifts, Blue Flame has developed a reliable, low-stress system for supplying fuel to New Jersey and Pennsylvania businesses. We handle all the planning for you, so you always have enough propane cylinders to keep your vehicles running.
Our forklift cylinder exchange program includes the following:

  • Setup of your on-site cages.
  • Employee training on safe-handling procedures and other safety issues.
  • Customized scheduling of your propane cylinder delivery.
  • Flexible service agreements to accommodate your projects.
  • Regular cylinder reviews to ensure your inventory is current and leak-free.

Safety is our top priority, so you can be confident that all our cylinders, setups and training are regulations-compliant.

Blue Flame’s team is here to arrange a forklift cylinder setup that’s ideal for your business or project. Contact us to learn more.