The Rayong factory in Thailand, which is part of Electrolux Group operations, has replaced 115 of its diesel and LPG-fuelled forklifts with lithium-ion electric forklifts since March 2023. This change has reduced the factory's CO2 emissions by 1,220 tons annually, which is similar to the impact of planting 110,000 trees.
The new electric forklifts get their power from solar panels located on the factory's roof. This change also leads to a financial benefit, savings each year in fuel and maintenance.
There are plans for further changes at the Rayong factory. By 2025, they aim to have all 120 vehicles, including forklifts, towing tractors, and reach trucks, converted to lithium-ion electric vehicles. This shift will reduce CO2 emissions by another 180 tons annually, saving an additional USD 34,000 per year.
According to the Electrolux Group's 2030 roadmap, there is a goal to reduce CO2 emissions by 85% by 2025 and have zero emissions by 2030.
Atit Klangpattana, General Manager at the Rayong factory, commented on the initiative: "Sustainability is important to us. This move is a step toward our larger goals. We thank our team at Rayong for their hard work."