Toyota to offer natural gas forklift trucks
Tas Gas Networks has joined Toyota Material Handling's dealer FRM Toyota to sell the 8FG25 forklift powered by CNG. The initiative was launched by Tasmania’s Minister for Sustainable Transport and Alternative Energy, Nick McKim, who also announced the development of a fast-fill NGV facility.
"Tas Gas has put together an attractive package in which the customer can start saving money from the first week they switch to compressed natural gas," said FRM Toyota sales executive David Oudman. The businessman remarked that a company with more than 20 CNG forklifts could save more than AUD 100,000 a year.
Tasmania’s natural gas supplier had previously presented this vehicle along with two Toyota CNG Aurion cars, all converted to bifuel operation by Melbourne-based Advanced Fuels Technology (AFT), developer of the engine system.
"Petrol, diesel and particularly LPG are subjected to Northern Hemisphere demand and price requirements, as well as exchange rate variations," said Oudman. Instead, he added, CNG supply from Tas Gas can be contracted on a stable long-term basis, thereby providing price certainty.
It is worth to mention that Tasmania has recently opened an LNG micro-plant
, which serves transport operators and also five refuelling facilities. It is Australia’s first manufacturing plant that converts natural gas to a liquefied form and delivers it to trucks.Source: Toyota Material Handling