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Kalmar Unveils New Electric Tractor

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Laxman Pai

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, said that its Electric Terminal Tractor is due to be launched in 2020 will be equipped with a 107 kWh lithium-ion battery capable of DC fast charge. This means that operators will be able to take advantage of opportunity charging during shift breaks.

To maintain battery life, a thermal management system keeps it within the optimal temperature range, enabling the machine to operate in a range of climates. The Cummins driveline solution eliminates the need for a transmission on a terminal tractor, simplifying the overall system and reducing maintenance needs.

Cummins will provide powertrain technology, including the batteries, for the Kalmar Electric Terminal Tractor (KT2E). Kalmar has already launched the fully electric Kalmar Ottawa electric terminal tractor (OT2E) in the US in 2018. This product joins Kalmar's growing portfolio of fully electric equipment including both light and medium forklift trucks and Kalmar's own FastCharge(TM) solution for horizontal equipment including AGV's, Shuttle and Straddle Carriers.

Gina Lopez, Vice President, Terminal Tractors, Kalmar said: "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, Electrified Power, Cummins said: "We're excited to take on the next phase in our journey in providing electric solutions to industrial markets in collaboration with Kalmar. 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."

Feb 15, 2019

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