Kalmar is to collaborate with Bosch Rexroth to develop fully electric versions of its reachstacker and heavy forklift solutions, in an effort to help towards its aim of offering electrically powered options for its entire equipment portfolio by 2021.
Bosch Rexroth, a supplier of drive and control technologies, is expanding its portfolio to develop solutions for the next generation of mobile equipment.
Seppo Heino, vice president, counterbalanced container handling, 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.
“With this collaboration, we will be able to provide our customers with one of the most efficient solutions on the market for electric heavy vehicles with the help of Bosch Rexroth’s world-leading knowledge in hydraulic, electric and gearbox technology.”
The Finnish manufacturer’s portfolio of fully electric equipment already includes light and medium forklift trucks, Ottawa terminal tractors, shuttle and straddle carriers, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and yard cranes.
Stefan Hultqvist, vice president, forklift trucks, Kalmar, stated: “With the advances in battery and driveline technologies, electricity is now a viable option for heavier and more challenging forklift applications.
“Through the collaboration with Bosch Rexroth, our goal is to bring to market a heavy forklift solution that will help our customers hit their productivity targets in an environmentally friendly way.”