Kalmar’s electric terminal tractor to cut emissions in California


Kalmar Ottawa is helping to reduce emissions in California with a delivery of its electric terminal tractors to NFI Industries.

For use in selected distribution centers across the state, the 25 T2E vehicles will all arrive by the first half of next year.

Designed for trailer handling operations in dispersed warehouses, container terminals and other applications where short distance road travel is required, the terminal tractor features Kalmar’s latest lithium-ion battery technology and a fully electric powertrain that produces zero emissions at source.

The onboard inverter charger allows the vehicle to be ‘opportunity charged’ during work breaks; while a battery monitoring system displays charge status and indicates when a recharge is required.

Compared to a diesel-powered tractor, the Kalmar Ottawa T2E generates less noise, vibrations and heat, and no fumes.

Bill Bliem, senior vice president for Fleet Services at NFI, said, “After testing the demo unit from Kalmar Ottawa for a period of time, it was clear that we needed to collaborate with them to achieve our electric vehicle needs for terminal tractors. Kalmar brought a solution to the table that met our needs and corporate guidelines.”

Matt Napierala, regional manager at Kalmar Ottawa, said, “We are pleased to assist NFI Industries in their proactive and industry-leading approach to utilize the latest electric vehicle solutions to fulfill their emissions initiatives. We are very excited that they were comfortable enough to rely on us, our partners, and our exceptionally strong dealer network to help them achieve their corporate objectives.”

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