Town of Okotoks – Electric Forklift

This project was funded through the Electric Vehicles for Municipalities

Town of Okotoks

2023Completion Year

$90,000.00Project Cost

$27,210.00MCCAC Funding

1.70 tonnes CO2e/yearGHG Reductions

Greenhouse gas emissions reductions for this project are calculated based on Alberta’s Carbon Offset Emission Factors Handbook Version 2.0


As part of the Electric Vehicles for Municipalities program the Town of Okotoks purchased a new fully electric forklift. The forklift, from Brandt Tractor Ltd, has a 62-kWh battery, hydrostatic power steering, and load capacity of 6,500 lbs. The Town received a $27,210 rebate to help offset the total purchase price of the unit.

This project was funded by the Government of Alberta.


The new forklift will be added to the growing fleet of electric vehicles operated by the Town of Okotoks. It will join an electric Polaris Ranger, an electric Greenworks mower, and soon an Olympia Millenium ice resurfacer.

The Town is looking forward to using the forklift as an electric case study, to explore the broader shift to fleet electrification in the future.


The new electric forklift brings several benefits to the Town compared to a traditional propane unit:

  • Decreased annual fuel costs due to higher operating efficiency and cheaper fuel (electricity)
  • Reduced maintenance due to fewer parts and regenerative breaking
  • The elimination of direct greenhouse gas emissions. The new electric unit does not produce any GHGs during operation

Overall, the addition of the electric unit shows the Town’s commitment to environmental leadership.

Adding an electric forklift to the Town’s equipment fleet demonstrates our ongoing commitment to environmental leadership,” said operations and utilities director Jeremy Huet. “Key advantages of this forklift replacement include a reduction in indoor fumes and reduced annual maintenance requirements.” 

Jeremy Huet