Capital Electric Cooperative adds a new electric vehicle to its fleet

Josh Schaffner with electric forklift

Capital Electric Cooperative (CEC) has added a new electric vehicle to its fleet. The Clark GEX50 electric forklift will replace the co-op’s propanefueled forklift, which is more than 40 years old. The co-op decided to ‘go electric’ because of the reduced
cost of operation and maintenance, in addition to the co-op’s belief in beneficial electrification.

“As an electric cooperative, beneficial electrification is something we believe in and promote. This electric forklift provides improved safety, reliability and a drastic upgrade in ergonomics and comfort for our employees,” says General Manager Paul Fitterer, CEC.

“As Capital Electric Cooperative upgrades its equipment, we will continue to explore electric vehicle options. By adding these vehicles to our fleet, we are able to gain firsthand experience that we can share with our members.”

The new forklift is a significant upgrade from its predecessor. Capable of lifting 10,000 pounds, the Clark GEX50 provides an additional 2,000 pounds of lifting capacity. And because the forklift is 100% electric, it has zero emissions. This means the
co-op can operate the forklift both indoors and outdoors without any ventilation concerns. The electric forklift also provides several safety features, including a backup alert system and driver required safety features. In addition, the 80-volt, 40-cell battery provides 12 hours of continuous runtime before a charge is needed, providing significant cost savings to the co-op. CEC can operate the new forklift at a rate of $0.20/hour. The co-op’s old forklift cost about $14/hour to operate.

The forklift will be used to load and unload poles, transformers and other miscellaneous equipment.

 

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