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Grocer benefits from move to electric

Thursday, 25 April 2019 ( #920 ) - Brighton, United Kingdom
T.G. Fruits' EDiA EMs in action
T.G. Fruits' EDiA EMs in action
Wholesaler T.G. Fruits is enjoying savings and environmental benefits after a move to electric forklifts. Working with fresh fruit and vegetables, the company was after a cleaner alternative to IC engine trucks and approached Mitsubishi dealer Alto Handling to find a solution. The work required trucks with a 1.5 T capacity - able to operate inside and outside - and with the ability to handle boxed fruit and vegetables, and Alto recommended the EDiA EM. The electric truck delivers an all-weather performance in a cleaner, cost-effective way, according to Colin Ivory, managing director of Alto Handling. "There is a definitive movement towards electric trucks. "They produce less noise and pollution, are fume-free, more economical and are better for the environment. It's a straightforward alternative - electric is the way to go." T.G. Fruits ordered 4 EDiA EMs with the modification of waterproof cabs for the drivers and the red Safety Zone lights. The company was one of the first to use the Safety Zone system in its warehouse. Director Andy Griffiths says: "Our customers and staff think the safety lights are an excellent idea. Quite often, we have wet conditions and long shifts and the lights are especially good at night."