Kalmar unveils new electric forklifts

Kalmar has launched a new range of fully-electric forklift trucks in the nine to 18-tonne range. Image: Kalmar Kalmar has launched a new range of fully-electric forklift trucks in the nine to 18-tonne range. Image: Kalmar

Cargo handling solutions provider Kalmar has launched a new range of fully-electric forklift trucks in the nine to 18-tonne range.

The new machines, powered by emissions-free electric technology, will make Kalmar, part of cargo-handling machinery company Cargotec, the first leading manufacturer to offer electric forklifts in this range of capacity.

The new trucks provide the performance of a powerful diesel truck without accompanying air emissions, noise and vibration, Kalmar said.

The company explained that the operating cost of the new range is much lower than that of comparable diesel machines, with the payback time as short as two years.

Operators can work inside an ergonomic EGO cabin, which provides maximum visibility and a driving seat which can be turned 180 degrees.

The cabin setup can be fine-tuned for optimal operator position, while the product’s hydraulic system improves precision and overall driving experience.

Lead acid batteries give the forklifts, which are futureproofed to work with new lithium-ion battery technology, eight hours of battery capacity.

“By using an electric forklift instead of a comparable diesel-powered machine, customers can achieve significant reductions in their operating costs,” said Peter Ivarsson, director for Forklift Trucks at Kalmar.

“Customers who require trucks with higher lifting capacities can now start reducing their emissions and energy costs at the same time without compromising their operational performance.”

The company has additionally signed a contract with terminal and logistics organisation BMT Asia Pacific to provide four SmartPower rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes to its Chao Phraya River terminal in Thailand.

The cranes, which will be 6+1 rows wide, 1-over-5 high and equipped with eight wheels, will have variable speed diesel engines and Bromma's YSX40E all-electric crane spreaders, with a lifting capacity of 40 tonnes under the spreader.

Kalmar said that its SmartPower RTG uses up to 10 litres less fuel per hour than the majority of the diesel RTGs on the market due to its significantly smaller diesel engine and intelligent power management system.

The company’s refined design has fewer components and offers higher efficiency with less failure, less downtime, low dead weight and less maintenance, Kalmar added.

Delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of 2018.

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