KALMAR, part of Cargotec, is to supply a total of six fully electric forklift trucks to Brazilian logistics operator Sagres. The contract includes an option for the purchase of another 16 electric forklifts during 2020 and 2021.

Sagres provides port logistics services, including maritime agency, storage and cargo handling services as well as equipment rental and other industrial services. The company operates in the three main ports in the south of Brazil – Terminal Logístico Rio Grande, Terminal Logístico Pelotas and Terminal Logístico Guaíba – supporting the operations of the second largest pulp and paper manufacturer in Latin America.

The new machines ordered by Sagres consist of four light and two medium electric forklifts. The light forklifts will be operated at the Guaíba mill, while the medium forklifts will be operated at the Port of Rio Grande. All six machines will be powered by lead-acid battery technology.

Kalmar light electric forklifts offer all the performance of a powerful diesel truck but without the emissions, noise or vibration. They feature a time-saving diagnostic system and easy maintenance. Kalmar medium electric forklifts are based on the proven G-Generation platform to deliver on power and performance while reducing carbon footprint and fuel costs.

All Kalmar electric forklifts are fitted with the ergonomically designed EGO cabin as standard to provide a superior driving experience, with adjustable control panels, steering wheel and seat as well as exceptional visibility.

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Lucio Pires, Sagres’ technical director, said, “The new electric forklifts will be important in helping us to reduce the environmental impact of our operations and improve cost efficiency and workplace well-being”.

“Eco-efficient solutions are becoming more and more important in our industry, and in Kalmar we have a partner who is leading the way in this regard,” Mr Pires said.

Kalmar is the first company to introduce fully electric medium-heavy forklift solutions for customers in the region.

Delivery of the machines scheduled to take place during the first quarter of 2020.

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