Factory Installations on Kansas Assembly Line
Heavy duty electric vehicle specialist TransPower and Kalmar USA disclosed a five-year supply agreement as they jointly showcase the first joint-effort, zero emission, 100% battery-electric version of Kalmar’s Ottawa T2 terminal tractor at ACT Expo.
The firms note that they have been collaborating since 2011 “to develop and perfect advanced, zero-emission electric terminal tractors.” The unit on show here was finished as part of a glider program in which TransPower completed the build by installing its electric driveline at its facility in Escondido, Calif.
“Under Kalmar’s new supply agreement with TransPower, Kalmar will manufacture electric terminal tractors on its own assembly line in Ottawa, Kans., using parts shipped to Kansas by TransPower,” the companies said. The first prototype units are to be produced in the Ottawa plant in the fourth quarter.
40,000 Miles of Experience
TransPower ElecTruck drives have accumulated approximately 40,000 miles of commercial use on past models of Kalmar terminal tractors “in a variety of demanding applications” since 2013. For example, at the California distribution center of retail giant IKEA, the companies say, a Kalmar Ottawa-TransPower electric tractor has become the preferred tractor since 2014, due to its high reliability and low operating cost.
The cost of energy for an electric tractor can be as little as 3¢ per mile – if the tractor is powered by solar energy such as the one being operated by IKEA. “For a comparable diesel tractor,” they say, “the energy cost is closer to 75¢ per mile.”
Funding Partners Helped Make It Possible
Development of TransPower’s electric tractor drive system has been supported since 2011 by agencies including the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, U.S. EPA, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.
The Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Diego have also contributed to the development and demonstrations of the technology.
ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach