18 March 2014, 00:00
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will introduce a new G-generation electric forklift at CeMAT, in Hannover, Germany, this May. The forklift, entering the 5-9 tonne counterbalance market, boasts features that significantly reduce the cost of ownership whilst improving safety and environmental performance.
The G-generation concept, already implemented in Kalmar's DCG90-180 forklift and DRG450 reachstacker, improves the synchronicity between truck and driver, increasing the operators' productivity and reducing costs of ownership. Most notably, the new electric forklift will feature Kalmar's EGO cabin. Markedly different to its predecessor, the EGO cabin features major upgrades to ergonomics and visibility, securing its position as one of the best operator environments on the market.
The new electronic system features a number of energy-saving modes. Power mode optimises the truck for performance while boosting productivity. Normal mode optimises for productivity and Economy mode optimises for lowest cost operation, delivering up to 10% energy savings.
Major advance in design and energy efficiency
Commenting on the forthcoming launch, Thomas Malmborg, Vice President, Forklift Trucks at Kalmar said, "We are particularly excited about launching this truck at CeMAT. This vehicle is specifically targeted at customers who demand technologically advanced equipment that combines high performance with low operational costs. It also provides a competitive advantage from a health and safety viewpoint.
"Visitors at CeMAT will see how they can gain major savings in terms of costs and energy efficient operation. We will be introducing new safety features as well as a hydraulic system, which will give an extra feeling of precision. Visibility and ergonomics have been considerably increased through the introduction of the EGO cabin, which is already a standard in our G-generation machines.
"New environmental aspects have also been developed, meaning the vehicle is completely free of fossil fuels. The machine is exceptionally quiet to operate. In addition, we have made maintenance even simpler, thanks to an advanced electrical system which offers major savings potential.
"This is definitely a major advance in forklift design and certainly will set the standard in energy efficient material handling," Mr Malmborg concluded.
The new Kalmar electric forklift will be displayed on stand D22, Hall 27 at CeMAT during 19-23 May 2014.
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