First electric forklifts for Latin America

Kalmar forklift trucks The electric Kalmar forklift trucks will be used by Rio Estiba at the Port of Nueva Palmira. Credit: Kalmar
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Kalmar will supply the first emissions-free electric forklift trucks in Latin America to Rio Estiba in Uruguay’s Port of Nueva Palmira.

The two fully electric Kalmar forklift trucks are based on the proven G-Generation platform and are completely emission free. They form part of an overall order of seven terminal tractors and six forklifts.

Marcelo Massa, solution sales manager at Kalmar, said the company is “proud to be able to say that the Kalmar electric forklifts supplied to Rio Estiba will be the first of their kind in Latin America."

Speaking about the order, Juan Frizzi, general manager of Rio Estiba, said: "The new electric forklifts, in particular, will be important in helping us to reduce the environmental impact of our operations and improve workplace well-being."

The Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractor with a 4x2 driveline offers excellent durability, easy maintenance and boasts the latest-generation engines.

Four of the six new forklifts ordered by Rio Estiba are diesel-powered machines with a low fuel consumption and lifting capacity of 15t.

Delivery is scheduled to take place in Q2 of 2019.

Rio Estiba provides port logistics services, including loading and unloading of cargo, coordination of intra-port operations, in-terminal transport, and administration and cargo handling in port warehouses. The company primarily handles cellulose products at the Port of Nueva Palmira.

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