Combilift's new electric Combi-XLE
Buoyed by the rising demand for electric vehicles and increasing environmental awareness, Combilift has officially launched its latest product, the Combi-XLE.
Designed to augment the engine-powered XL C-Series, this electric multidirectional forklift has up to 5 T lift capacity, high ground clearance, large cushioned front and rear tyres and a spacious cab, allowing smooth operation on semi-rough terrain previously served by ICE equipment.
With sustainability ever higher on the agenda, Combilift says it is helping customers achieve their environmental goals with its versatile "3 forklifts in 1" models, which work inside and out, reducing fleet size and thereby their carbon footprint.
Noise pollution and carbon emissions, which can impact on the health and well-being of people as well as wildlife, is also no longer an issue thanks to electric power. Drivers, employees and visitors on site appreciate the quiet operation, as do neighbouring residents and businesses, particularly in urban areas.
The Combi-XLE incorporates the Irish manufacturer's patented all-wheel traction that reduces tyre wear and load swing, and enhances braking. Also included is a newly developed, patented Eco-Steer System which provides a smaller turning radius and improved user experience.
"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," says 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."
Like all "new" Combilift models, the Combi-XLE has already been in operation among selected customers, including Roger Bullivant.
"At our South Derbyshire precast factory, we use five multidirectional Combi-XLE trucks to transport product from the factory to storage and then to load-out for distribution nationwide," says production director Dave Clement. "As we had already been using Combi units for years, the product decision was straightforward, and from a driver perspective, the operation remains essentially unchanged.
"The reasons to move to electric were twofold: to eliminate exhaust particulates in the factory and as part of our group environmental plan to minimise our carbon footprint," he adds.