Kalmar is preparing to begin trials of its first all electric reachstacker.
The reachstacker is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack and can handle up to 45 tonnes. The development is the latest step in Kalmar’s aim to have electric versions of every product in its portfolio by 2021. Kalmar has already launched electric powered versions of its forklifts, empty container handlers, shuttle and straddle carriers and yard cranes.
The new reachstacker is scheduled for trials at the Venlo logistics hub of transport and logistics company Cabooter in the Netherlands, and if all goes according to plan, the first production unit will be delivered to Cabooter in 2021, adding to a fleet that already includes five Kalmar reachstackers.
Cabooter group president Hans Cabooter said: “The main driver behind our decision to adopt the electric reachstacker solution is the need to reduce the noise and airborne emissions. This is especially important at our Kaldenkirchen terminal because it is located in the centre of the city, where there are clearly defined limits for these emissions. Our goal is to become the industry leader in emission reduction in partnership with Kalmar.”
Kalmar vice president of counterbalanced container handlers Seppo Heino added: “We firmly believe that electricity is the power source of the future and have committed to making our full portfolio available as electrically powered by 2021. We are delighted to announce this agreement with Cabooter, which shares our vision of a more sustainable future for the cargo handling and logistics industries.”