A logistics company called the Cabooter Group has agreed to buy Kalmar’s first ever fully-electric reachstacker.
Cabooter, which already uses Kalmar Eco Reachstackers, will put the fully-electric reachstacker into use by 2021.
The reachstacker will be powered by lithium-ion battery technology and is scheduled to be trialled at Cabooter’s logistics hub in Venlo in the Netherlands.
This reachstacker is another step towards Kalmar meeting its goal of having an electric version of every product in its portfolio by 2021.
Kalmar has already launched fully electric versions of its empty container handler, Ottawa terminal tractor, light and medium forklifts, shuttle and straddle carriers, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and yard cranes.
Electric vehicles help reduce overall fuel costs and comply with increasingly strict airborne and noise emissions standards.
Hans Cabooter, president of the Cabooter Group: “The main driver behind our decision to adopt the Kalmar Electric Reachstacker solution is the need to reduce the noise and airborne emissions that our equipment generates.”
“This is especially important at our Kaldenkirchen terminal,” he continued, “because it is in the centre of the city, where there are clearly defined limits for these emissions. Our goal is to become the industry leader in emission reduction in partnership with Kalmar.”
Seppo Heino, vice president of counterbalanced container handlers at Kalmar, said: “We firmly believe that electricity is the power source of the future and have committed to making our full portfolio available as electrically powered by 2021.”