NFI Industries has ordered 25 Kalmar Ottawa Electric T2E Terminal Tractors to use at its selected distribution centres in California.
The equipment uses lithium-ion battery technology and a fully electric powertrain that produces zero emissions at source and its onboard invertor charger allows it to be ‘opportunity charged’ during work breaks.
The order was booked in the second quarter of Cargotec’s 2019 order intake with delivery scheduled to be completed during the first half of 2020.
Bill Bliem, senior vice president, fleet services, NFI, said: “After testing the demo unit from Kalmar Ottawa for a period of time, it was clear that we needed to collaborate with them to achieve our electric vehicle needs for terminal tractors.”
Kalmar’s solution met NFI’s needs as it aims to improve its environmental impact – the company already uses green equipment within its distribution space, including lithium-ion forklifts.
The new terminal tractors generate less noise, vibrations, heat and fumes than a traditional diesel-powered tractor.
Matt Napierala, regional manager of Kalmar Ottawa, said: “We are pleased to assist NFI Industries in their proactive and industry-leading approach to utilise the latest electric vehicle solutions to fulfil their emissions initiatives.”
NFI, a fully integrated third-party supply chain solutions provider, operates approximately 50m sq ft of warehouse and distribution space and its fleet consists of 4,000 tractors and 9,700 trailers.
Within its fleet, the company utilises electric yard horse tractors, electric trucks and Near Zero compressed natural gas trucks.