Silence is golden as Dundalk-based manufacturer wins major award for its all-electric forklift
The Moffett (Mounty) forklift in electric form has won a coveted ‘Archie’ trophy at the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) Annual Awards for Excellence for its industry-leading approach to reducing the noise associated with out-of-hours deliveries.
The award recognised the benefits achieved when Moffett’s customer Pets at Home switched to a fleet of Moffett E-Series forklifts, the world’s first electric-powered truck-mounted forklift trucks. This recognition by the FLTA follows hot on the heels of the project winning a Quiet Logistics accolade at the Noise Abatement Society’s John Connell Awards.
With 80% of Pets at Home’s weekly 1,400 store deliveries being carried out after 8pm, this provided challenges for the retailer to address complaints from residents located close to some of its stores across England. Working with Hiab, Pets at Home began a six-month trial of the Dundalk-produced E-Series as it was the noise from the retailer’s diesel-powered forklifts that residents were complaining about.
Steve Travis, General Manager for Transport at Pets at Home, described the E-Series as a “total game-changer” as it enabled the retailer to return to scheduling its fleet at the most economic time of day, “saving money on fuel, reducing our carbon footprint, and no longer being a nuisance to our neighbours.”
During the trial, the drivers reported that that Moffett was just as “up-to-the-job” and just as “user-friendly” as its diesel counterpart, and there was plenty of charge-time to enable through-the-night multi-drop deliveries.
“Demands from our customers and technology advancements are driving Hiab to provide environmentally-friendly emission-free products,” said Barry McGrane, Sales Director, Truck Mounted Forklifts, Hiab, Moffett’s parent company.
“By working closely with our customers, we know they are facing a tougher and more demanding load-handling environment with tougher emission regulations. Legislation is demanding it, and our customers’ customers want it. Our Moffett E-Series range of truck-mounted forklifts go a long way to solving this problem.”