Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and Swedish company SSAB are to develop a hydrogen-powered medium-range forklift truck.
The aim is to find a more sustainable solution for SSAB and help it reduce carbon dioxide emissions at the site.
The forklift truck to be developed will have a lift capacity of 9-18 tons and it will use hydrogen gas as fuel.
As the exhaust will be only water, the machine will provide a more environmentally sound solution for material handling, noted a statement from Kalmar.
The project will last for approximately two years and it will include the development, demonstration and testing of the forklift truck.
The equipment will be produced by Kalmar to be used at the SSAB production facility in Oxelösund, Sweden.
Thomas Malmborg, vice president of forklift trucks at Kalmar, said that the project was an example of the manufacturer’s “aim to co-create with the leading players” to become a “leading provider of sustainable solutions for heavy lifting equipment”.
Jacob Sandberg, vice president of production and product development at SSAB, stated: “We can now really study the possibilities to reduce our fossil dependence. In addition to completely changing the fuel, we also get a better machine.”