Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has announced it will introduce a medium electric forklift powered by emission-free lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology, as part of its efforts to offer an electric version of every product in its portfolio by 2021.
According to a statement, 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 3,500 mm.
Li-ion batteries are ideal 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 two hours.
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The technology enables 24/7 operation by eliminating the need for battery changes and dedicated changing areas.
Furthermore, the fact that they are emission-free means charging stations can be located strategically to maximize the equipment utilization and uptime in even the most demanding operational environments.
Stefan Hultqvist, Vice President Forklifts, Kalmar, said: “We're delighted to be able to announce yet another industry first as we continue our drive to provide customers with innovative new eco-efficient, reliable and easy-to-maintain machines to help them achieve their business goals.
“Demand for electrically powered forklifts is rising all the time, and now we can offer our customers even greater convenience and environmental performance in the medium lifting capacity range.”