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Big electric tractor order for Kalmar

Kalmar has booked an order for 25 of its North American T2E electric terminal tractor.

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Big electric tractor order for Kalmar

Kalmar has announced it will supply NFI Industries, the US-based logistics provider that operates over 4,000 drayage trucks and 9,700 trailers, with 25 Kalmar Ottawa Electric T2E Terminal Tractors.


NFI will use the machines at selected distribution centres in Southern California. The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2019 Q2 order intake with delivery scheduled to be completed during the first half of 2020.


The T2E is one of many electric and hybrid vehicles eligible for funding through the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) offered by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The T2E with a 220 kWh battery is an approved zero emissions vehicle eligible for a subsidy of $150,000 per machine.


NFI is engaged in several electric truck pilot projects, including a test/demonstration of Volvo’s all-electric truck platform in Southern California this year. NFI said electric vehicles are in line with its social responsibility core value, and as a company it “continually works to identify and implement new and innovative solutions to improve its environmental impact. In addition to electric yard tractors, NFI operates electric trucks and Near Zero compressed natural gas trucks fuelled with renewable energy within its dedicated and drayage fleet. NFI also has green equipment in place within its distribution space, including lithium battery powered forklifts”.

Kalmar Ottawa T2E electric terminal tractor with Transpower drive line
Kalmar Ottawa T2E electric terminal tractor with Transpower drive line

The Kalmar Ottawa T2E Electric Terminal Tractors for North America feature electric drive components from TransPower, and not the Cummins technology that Kalmar is working on for the European market.


As has been noted previously in WorldCargo News, Kalmar opted to move ahead with TransPower in the US in 2018 because it was the “quickest path to market”, and the technology that had gone through rigorous testing with Kalmar’s customers. TransPower has been involved with terminal tractors since 2012, and in 2017, axle and component specialist Meritor took a stake in the company.

The 25 new tractors for NFI, said Kalmar, will have its "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; 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 - most importantly - no fumes".


“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,” said Bill Bliem, Senior Vice President, Fleet Services, NFI. “Kalmar brought a solution to the table that met our needs and corporate guidelines.”


Matt Napierala, Regional Manager Kalmar Ottawa: added “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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