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Kalmar partners with Cummins for electric terminal tractor offering

Kalmar has chosen Cummins as the electrification solution provider for its terminal tractor offering as the manufacturer aims to offer electrically powered options across its entire equipment portfolio by 2021.

Due to be launched in 2020, Kalmar’s Electric Terminal Tractor (KT2E) will be equipped with a 107 kWh lithium-ion battery capable of DC fast charge, allowing operators to charge during shift breaks.

In order to maintain battery life, it will utilise a thermal management system to keep it within the optimal temperature range which Kalmar has claimed enables it to operate in a range of climates.

Cummins is set to provide powertrain technology, including the batteries, for the KT2E and its driveline solution aims to reduce maintenance as it eliminates the need for transmission.

Gina Lopez, vice president, terminal tractors, Kalmar, said: “We selected Cummins because of our longstanding co-operation in providing world-class drivetrain platforms, their global reach, and their strong commitment to leading the industry in electrification solutions.”

Kalmar first launched a fully electric terminal tractor, the Ottawa electric terminal tractor (OT2E) in the US in 2018 and its newest product will join its growing portfolio of fully electric equipment.

The portfolio includes both light and medium trucks and Kalmar’s own FastCharge solution for horizontal equipment including, AGV’s, shuttle and straddle carriers.

Julie Furber, executive director, electrified power, Cummins, said: “We’re excited to take on the next phase in our journey in providing electric solutions to industrial markets in collaboration with Kalmar.

“Combining Kalmar’s next-generation terminal tractor platform with our lithium-ion battery expertise and experience in system integration, I look forward to delivering optimised electric powertrain solutions for port and distribution customers.