Kalmar Unveils Electric Tractor Technology


Kalmar, a part of Cargotec Corporation, has announced that Cummins will provide electrification solutions for its terminal tractor offering.

The lifting solutions specialist is aiming to offer its whole equipment portfolio as electrically-powered options by 2021, with terminal tractors the latest part of that initiative.

Scheduled for launch in 2020, Kalmar’s electric terminal tractor will be equipped with a 107 kWh lithium-ion battery capable of DC fast charge.

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According to a statement, this will enable equipment operators to charge the machines during shift breaks, facilitating more efficient, electrical and eco-friendly operations.

The tractor will feature a thermal management system to maintain battery life, keeping the power source at an optimal temperature so that the machine is able to operate in a range of climates and conditions.

In addition to this, Cummins’ “driveline” solution eliminates the requirement for a transmission on the tractor, simplifying its operation and reducing the need for regular maintenance.


Credit: Kalmar


Cummins will also provide powertrain technology, including the batteries, for the Kalmar electric terminal tractor (KT2E), the next generation of Kalmar’s already-launched Ottawa electric terminal tractor (OT2E).

The new product will become part of Kalmar's growing portfolio of fully electric equipment which now includes light and medium forklift trucks, as well as the FastCharge solution for AGVs and straddle carriers.

Peter Söderberg, Kalmar, discusses eco-efficient terminal operations in a recent Port Technology technical paper

Gina Lopez, Vice President of Terminal Tractors at Kalmar, commented: “In line with our commitment to have a comprehensive electric product portfolio by 2021, we're delighted to announce that we will be releasing our second electric terminal tractor in 2020 with Cummins as our electrification solution provider.

“We selected Cummins because of our longstanding co-operation in providing world-class drivetrain platforms, their global reach, and their strong commitment to leading the industry in electrification solutions.”

Julie Furber, Executive Director for Electrified Power at Cummins, added: “Combining Kalmar's next-generation terminal tractor platform with our lithium-ion battery expertise and experience in system integration, I look forward to delivering optimised electric powertrain solutions for port and distribution customers.”

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