Lithium-Ion Forklifts in the Construction Sector

Lithium-Ion Forklifts in the Construction Sector

In the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region of France, a positive shift toward sustainability is happening at the BigMat Girardon site in Lentilly. BigMat, an international chain of independent traders specializing in construction materials, has embraced innovation by replacing its diesel forklift fleet with the environmentally friendly lithium-ion forklift EFL303S from EP Equipment. This switch in material handling equipment represents a significant move towards both sustainability and efficiency in their operations.

So, why did BigMat Girardon opt for lithium-ion forklifts in their construction stores? Cyril Olivieri, the director of Olteck & Co., sheds light on the suitability of the EFL 3 Series for BigMat Girardon's sustainability goals. The decision to transition from diesel to lithium-ion forklifts was fuelled by the desire for a more sustainable and efficient solution.

According to Cyril, "BigMat Girardon wanted to replace its entire diesel fleet, primarily diesel, with lithium-ion forklift trucks. I recommended this type of forklift truck equipped with a lithium-ion battery – a technology they were unfamiliar with. They had the forklift on trial for about a year, and ever since, they haven't looked back...

They immediately noticed the differences compared to a diesel forklift and appreciated several features of the EFL303S. The opportunity charge allowed them to recharge their batteries anytime, eliminating the need for refuelling or dealing with water like in lead-acid batteries. The necessity for a charging room is now a thing of the past.

Above all, the EFL 3 series outperformed their previous diesel truck in every aspect. An interesting point is that the truck has the chassis of an IC truck but is equipped with a lithium-ion battery, providing a fairly high ground clearance. It resembles an IC forklift but comes with the added benefit of a compact counterweight."

Testimonial from Anthony, Forklift Operator at BigMat Girardon:

"I wanted to share my experience with the new lithium-ion forklift we've recently acquired. It's been a substantial upgrade from our previous model. The EFL is a reliable forklift, and the flexible charging with a socket is fantastic, making the charging process much more convenient.

The lithium battery has been a game-changer in terms of time-saving. There's no need for regular checks or adding water – just plug it in, and you're ready to go."

Advantages of the EFL Lithium-Ion Forklift:

  1. Flexible and Swift Charging: The EFL 3 Series, powered by lithium-ion technology, offers operators like Anthony the flexibility they need with various charging options. Lithium-ion batteries, equipped with features like opportunity charge, allow operators to conveniently plug them in during breaks, minimizing downtime and boosting productivity on the BigMat Girardon site.
  2. IC Chassis and Lithium-Ion Core: The EFL 3 Series boasts a unique design resembling an Internal Combustion (IC) forklift but incorporates a lithium-ion battery. This design provides a compact counterweight and high ground clearance, enhancing manoeuvrability and stability for efficient material handling.
  3. Eco-Friendly: The proven emission-free and maintenance-free characteristics of lithium-ion technology make it an environmentally friendly alternative to diesel. The EFL series ensures consistent high performance through opportunity charging, reducing carbon emissions and aligning with BigMat Girardon’s commitment to sustainability.
  4. Ergonomic Operator Improvements: Operator comfort is prioritized with ergonomic enhancements, including an upgraded LCD display for quick access to essential information. The availability of a joystick option ensures fatigue-free operation, contributing to a positive work experience.
  5. Outdoor Adaptability: The forklift's high visibility closed roof and cabin options make it suitable for outdoor use in various weather conditions. This adaptability is crucial for industries like construction. BigMat Girardon opted for an EFL 3 series with roof and a full cabin to work safely and efficiently in all weather conditions.
  6. BigMat’s Green Revolution: BigMat Girardon's transition from diesel to the electric EFL303S lithium-ion forklift reflects a commitment to improving efficiency and sustainability. The highlighted advantages of lithium-ion technology, as acknowledged by forklift operator Anthony and dealer Cyril Olivieri, make a compelling case for businesses in the construction materials industry to consider electrification as a superior alternative to traditional diesel forklifts.

BigMat Girardon – PA du Charpenay – Allée des boutons d’or 69210 Lentilly, France
Olteck & Co. – 14 Avenue Des Catelines 69720 SAINT-LAURENT-DE-MURE, France