Forklift operators at Russell Roof Tiles’ depots at Burton and at Lockerbie in Scotland have hailed new state-of-the-art electric trucks delivered last year by Linde Material Handling (UK).

The investment in the 11 X-range forklifts is aimed at reducing carbon emissions at Russell Roof Tiles, a UK supplier of concrete roof tiles and UPVC accessories to housebuilders, social housing and commercial projects.

Linde MH’s ‘X Range’ trucks feature advanced battery technology offering extended operating times and rapid charging capabilities as well as the latest safety features.

After six months of emissions-free operation the company said the forklifts have also demonstrated “exceptional performance and robustness” as well as ease of use, all of which were important factors in the decision to invest in the vehicles.

Bruce Laidlaw, Russell Roof Tiles operations director, said: “The feedback from our Lockerbie and Burton sites has been very positive. 

“The ergonomics, the lower noise levels when operating, the added new features within the trucks and the specification required from Russell Roof Tiles have all been well accepted by the drivers.” 

Andy Iliff, assistant production manager at the Burton site, added: “The new Linde X series lithium-ion forklifts are really good trucks to operate. 

“Our drivers are now used to the electric charging methods and actually prefer to use these new electric trucks rather than the diesel alternatives.”