Kalmar Releases First 18-Ton Capacity Electric Forklift


Kalmar has become the first cargo handling equipment manufacturer to offer electric forklifts in the 9-18 ton capacity range.

The cargo handling branch of Cargotec is using emission-free electric technology to power the machines to reduce the environmental impact of customer operations.

Kalmar electric forklift trucks have the performance of a diesel truck but without the accompanying air emissions, noise and vibration.

The operating cost of the new 9-18 ton range is much lower than that of comparable diesel machines, and the payback time can be as short as two years.

Lead acid batteries can handle a full eight-hour shift and are future-proofed to run with new lithium-ion battery technology.

Kalmar has kept operators in mind by designing an ergonomic EGO cabin that ensures visibility and comfort by featuring a driving seat that turns 180 degrees for the safe handling of heavy or bulky loads.

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Operators can adjust the cabin set up to suit their individual needs, while a hydraulic system design has kept precision and driving experience in mind


Peter Ivarsson, Director, Forklift Trucks at Kalmar: “At Kalmar, we aim for zero emissions in our offering development across the board.

“We're proud to be the first leading manufacturer to offer a full range of electric forklift trucks with this level of lifting capacity.

“Our electric machines offer savings in terms of faster and simpler maintenance, making them a winning concept in the long run.

“By using an electric forklift instead of a comparable diesel-powered machine, customers can achieve significant reductions in their operating costs.

“Customers who require trucks with higher lifting capacities can now start reducing their emissions and energy costs at the same time without compromising their operational performance.”

Kalmar's President has discussed how the company's intelligent solutions are helping to combat more than US$ 20 billion of waste and inefficiency in the global supply chain:

Read more: Kalmar has launched a new range of forklifts, the 'Kalmar Essential Range', for demanding applications including container, steel and wood handling

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