In line with the growing demand for electric powered equipment, a new multidirectional, electric powered forklift has recently been launched.
Irish materials handling company Combilift launched its Combi-XLE as an addition to its existing range of electric models. With up to five ton’s lift capacity, the new model is said to combine emission-free operation with powerful performance for a wide range of industries and applications.
The original engine powered XL C-Series model was developed to address the requirements of tough working environments such as those in the timber, concrete and steel sectors. The new Combi-XLE incorporates the same key design features as its earlier counterpart, such as high ground clearance, large, cushioned front and rear tires and a spacious cab, allowing smooth operation on semi rough terrain while offering a high level of driver comfort.
The concept of “three forklifts in one” enables models that work inside and outside, reducing fleet size and ensuring sustainability and a reduced carbon footprint. The company highlight its products’ ability to increase storage capacity without expanding the size of a facility, resulting in lower energy usage and associated costs such as heating, lighting and maintenance. The use of electric power also eliminates noise pollution and carbon emissions, ensuring a healthier and quieter environment for drivers, employees and surrounding communities.
Additional technology incorporated into the Combi-XLE includes patented all-wheel traction that reduces tyre wear and load swing and enhances braking. The newly developed, patented Eco-Steer system is designed to provide a smaller turning radius and improved user experience. Maintenance is also reduced, as electric powered trucks do not require engine fluid and lubricant checks and top-ups. The use of toughened, environment-friendly water-based paint also reduces the amount of volatile organic compounds.
“The technology we have incorporated into the Combi-XLE means that its performance is equally on a par with diesel or LPG powered forklifts when it comes to handling very bulky and heavy loads, whilst of course offering a greener operation,” said Combilift CEO and co-founder Martin McVicar. “We made our first electric C-Series over 18 years ago, and now over 60% of the trucks we manufacture are electric, with availability in almost all models across our range. As more and more of our customers are opting for electric power it is obvious that they are as committed to sustainability and a circular economy as we are.”