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LPG forklift range: Fuel efficient and green

14 October 2019

Mitsubishi has introduced an LPG forklift to meet the super-low emission requirements of Euro Stage V.

“The need to reduce our environmental impact is more urgent than ever,” explains Stewart Gosling, sales director at Red Diamond Distribution, exclusive importer of Mitsubishi Trucks in the UK. “It’s not simply good practice but also about being on the right side of the law.

“In the past that drive to achieve conformity and meet demanding new environmental standards has almost always resulted in an uncomfortable compromise – usually a deterioration in performance or an increase in fuel consumption. But the remarkable thing about the Mitsubishi ES FG15-35N range is that it’s  not only the cleanest running IC engine truck in its class, but also the most fuel efficient.

“In short, the GRENDiA ES series sets the highest standards for IC engine counterbalance forklift trucks in terms of carbon footprint whilst enabling the operator to achieve maximum productivity.”

As evidence, Gosling cites real-world examples: “In a customer-led trial the GRENDiA consumed 40% less fuel than rival machines. Over a typical 5-year rental term, that equates to saving over £10,000. What’s more, the particularly low maintenance requirements contribute still further to reducing running costs.”

With environmental impact becoming an increasing concern, Mitsubishi was already ahead of the game, anticipating the introduction of Stage V regulations earlier this year.

The secret to the LPG-powered GRENDiA’s low emissions lies in its state-of-the-art management system and high performance, purpose-designed industrial engine. The result is high-intensity performance and smooth-yet-rapid acceleration.

As these machines are likely to spend some time indoors, the engine comes with a closed-loop three-stage catalytic converter which reduces carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon emissions — as well as 95% of dangerous NOx gases. The company says this makes it the cleanest-running machine on the market and one that complies fully with Stage V.

But, the innovations don’t end there…

To further enhance their green credentials, both LPG and diesel models in the GRENDiA 1500-3500kg capacity range are fitted — as standard — with a sealed chassis and belly guard. This helps eliminate the 'cyclone effect' whereby the engine sucks dirt from the floor (much like a vacuum cleaner) and throws it into the air. This dust either lands on stored products or end up in the lungs of those working on or around the trucks.   

Gosling concludes: “The Mitsubishi design team is genuinely focused on real-world requirements. They appreciate that customers face multiple, often competing, challenges; balancing the need to work at peak efficiency, drive down running costs, all while meeting ever-changing legislation. In developing the GRENDiA range they’ve achieved the near impossible by doing that and more: reducing the owner’s carbon footprint and maintaining Mitsubishi’s legendary reputation for reliability.”