Kalmar, on the heels of the recent release of its electric T2 terminal tractor, has announced plans to offer electric versions of its lineup of vehicles by 2021.
The very first electrically powered machine developed by Kalmar, an electric forklift truck for smaller capacity ranges, was introduced to the market in 2008. Since then, Kalmar has extended its offering with diesel-electric, hybrid, and electrically powered machines to help customers reduce the environmental impact of their operations.
Today, over 50% of Kalmar cargo handling equipment is already available with electric power sources.
"Our industry is evolving at a remarkable pace. Governments, local and regional authorities around the globe are rapidly deploying regulations and initiatives to support the adoption of eco-efficient technologies," said Antti Kaunonen, president of Kalmar. "At the same time, our customers are asking for electrically powered equipment and solutions that cut emissions.
“Now we are taking yet another step in our commitment to improve customer operations with our plan to provide our full offering as electrically powered by 2021.”
Kalmar also introduced its future vision for mobile equipment, called The Kalmar Future Generation. The company envisions what it believes cargo and material handling solutions will look like in the future.
"The vision for Kalmar Future Generation is a result of significant investments in research and development in order to envisage how the future of material handling solutions will look like," said Dan Pettersson, senior vice president of mobile equipment at Kalmar. “We believe electricity is the power source of the future and that purpose-built design and integrated serviceability will enable maximum availability and performance for the material handling fleets.”