Kalmar has introduced a fully electric version of its empty container handler, bringing it closer to achieving its goal of offering an electric version of every product in the company’s portfolio by 2021.
The manufacturer has already launched fully electric versions of its light and medium forklift trucks, Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors, shuttle and straddle carriers, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and yard cranes.
Stefan Hultqvist, vice president, forklifts, Kalmar, said: “We firmly believe that electricity is the power source of the future and have committed to make our full portfolio available as electrically powered by 2021.
“We have been developing electrically powered machine technology since the 1980s, and the Kalmar electric empty container handler is the latest in what will be a long line of eco-efficient solutions.”
Without compromising on performance, the new machine, which is based on the Kalmar ECG90-180 medium electric forklift, aims to reduce overall fuel costs and comply with increasingly strict airborne and noise emissions standards.
The Kalmar electric empty container handler is able to stack containers up to four high and with fewer moving parts it is easier and more cost-effective to maintain when compared to a diesel-powered machine.
Fully charged, the battery has enough power to last a whole shift and the electric driveline provides full torque immediately with the aim to make operating cycles shorter and increase the number of container moves per hour.
Hultqvist said: “We know that operational cycles differ from customer to customer, so we’re pleased to be able to offer a choice between lead-acid and lithium-ion battery technologies to allow customers to specify the option that best fits their requirements.”