Kalmar Ottawa Trucks says it has extensively redesigned its terminal tractor, resulting in a new Ottawa T2 model with a strengthened chassis, smoother styling, an advanced cab interior and easier serviceability.
"Nearly two years ago we began the process of creating the T2 by consulting with the real terminal tractor experts - our dealers and their customers,” said David Wood, vice president, sales and marketing, for Kalmar’s Americas region.
“We took their advice and our engineers applied advanced design processes to build a truck that offers superior ergonomics inside the cab for improved driver productivity, easier serviceability and overall better performance."
The cab's frame structure remains high-quality welded steel, but is enhanced with the addition of a ROPS (roll-over protection system) certification as a standard feature on all models.
The T2’s chassis, consisting of left, right, front and rear modules, features open C-channel powder-coated rails that are stronger than the previous design, Wood said. Shackle links and pins and front spring lubrication are eliminated with smooth riding parabolic, tapered leaf springs.
All chassis components are pre-drilled and powder-coated for less chance of rust and corrosion. The fifth wheel lifting mechanism is faster and has spherical bottom and top bushings and stronger lower lift supports.
The T2’s redesigned cab offers more interior room and better visibility. Easier exit and entry is provided by a 23.5-inch wide door opening at the rear.
Interior layout includes driver-friendly rocker switches, improved belly clearance with the steering wheel, suspended brake and throttle pedals, more room behind the driver's seat, space on the dash for yard management system devices and other electrical interfaces and a cup holder.
An access panel in the front of the cab is larger and easy to open removing a few bolts. Many routine service procedures, such as oil and transmission fluid checks, can be accomplished quickly and safely from ground level. The T2 utilizes Kalmar Ottawa's proven three-point air suspension system and electric cab tilt, which also helps speed-up maintenance and servicing time.
"The T2 is now more durable, serviceable and comfortable to operate, and offers a finely-tuned balance of power, functionality, performance, ergonomics and serviceability," Wood said.
The off-highway T2 is powered by a Cummins QSB6.7 diesel that meets new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4-Interim emissions standards. On-road models use the Cummins ISB6.7 EPA 2013 diesel.Alternative-fuel engines are also available.
The Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractor dealer network provides sales, service and support from 120 locations throughout North America.