Earlier this year, National Steel replaced two diesel excavators with electric ones and it’s proving not just good for the environment, but also cheaper. It’s a big investment, but it is saving 18,000 litres of diesel per month.
Excavators move products around as part of the manufacturing process. The main driver in making the switch to electric was sustainability. National Steel wanted to reduce greenhouse emissions, eliminate waste and build efficiency long term.
By moving from diesel material handlers to fully electric ones, National Steel will save 216,000 litres per annum of diesel. For the environment that’s saving more than eight million kilograms of greenhouse emissions every year.
Unlike electric cars which run on batteries, these electric handlers are directly connected to the grid. They are cheaper to maintain, always ready to use, and noise free. As part of the transition the company will be buying another electric handler by the end of the year.