Hydrogen Fuel Cell Forklifts

Zero Emission Hydrogen Fuel Cell Forklifts

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In 2013, there were over 4,000 fuel cell forklifts used in material handling in the United States. Fuel cell powered forklifts provide benefits over petroleum powered forklifts as they produce no emissions, and they have a higher energy density which allows them to run longer than typical lithium-ion batteries. Additionally, fuel cell powered forklifts are ideal for refrigerated warehouses as their performance is not as affected by temperature as some other kinds of fuel. Fuel cell forklift fleets are in operation by a number of companies including Sysco Foods, FedEx Freight, GENCO (Wegmans, Coca-Cola, Kimberly Clark, and Whole Foods), and H-E-B Grocers.