Kalmar releases lithium powered medium forklift
10 June 2019
The new forklift is the latest step on the company's journey towards offering an electric version of every product in its portfolio by 2021.
It is the first forklift in the medium-capacity range to be powered by Li-ion batteries, and the battery technology will initially be available for several models with a wheelbase of 3,500mm.
Kalmar has already launched electric powered versions of its empty container handlers, Ottawa terminal tractors, shuttle and straddle carriers, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and yard cranes.
Driven by the need to comply with increasingly strict environmental legislation, reduce fuel costs and simplify maintenance processes, electrically powered equipment is becoming increasingly common across many different industries. Kalmar's electric forklift offering is available with a choice of lead-acid or Li-ion battery technology, depending on customer requirements.
Li-ion batteries are suited for multi-shift operation models as they can be fast-charged during breaks in work, significantly improving the productivity of forklifts. A full charge can be achieved in less than 2 hours. The technology enables 24/7 operation by eliminating the need for battery changes and dedicated charging areas. Because charging is emission-free, charging stations can be located strategically to maximise equipment utilisation and uptime in even the most demanding operational environments.