Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract with NFI Industries for the delivery of 25 Kalmar Ottawa Electric T2E Terminal Tractors for use in their selected distribution centres in California.
According to a statement, the order was booked into Cargotec’s 2019 second quarter order intake and is scheduled for the first half of 2020.
The Kalmar Ottawa T2E Electric Terminal Tractor is designed for trailer handling operations in, container terminals, dispersed warehouses and other applications. It features the company’s latest lithium-ion battery technology and a fully electric powertrain that produces zero emissions at source. The machine is equipped with an on-board inverter charger that allows the vehicle to be ‘opportunity charged’ during work breaks.
The Kalmar Ottawa T2E does not produce fumes, and generates less noise, vibrations and heat than a diesel-powered tractor.
NFI is a fully integrated third-party supply chain solutions provider with locations across North America. It operates about 50 million square feet of warehouse and distribution space, and its dedicated and drayage fleet consists of approximately 9,700 trailers and 4,000 tractors.
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NFI operates electric trucks and Near Zero compressed natural gas trucks fuelled with renewable energy. The company also has green equipment in place within its distribution space, which includes lithium battery powered forklifts.
Matt Napierala, Regional Manager of Kalmar Ottawa said, “We are pleased to assist NFI Industries in their proactive and industry-leading approach to utilize the latest electric vehicle solutions to fulfill their emissions initiatives.
“We are very excited that they were comfortable enough to rely on us, our partners, and our exceptionally strong dealer network to help them achieve their corporate objectives,” Napierala added.
Bill Bliem, Senior Vice President, Fleet Services of 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 brought a solution to the table that met our needs and corporate guidelines.”