At Forkliftaction we cover the latest news in materials handling, including new developments in the industrial battery market. In this September – October news roundup we pull together our recent coverage of lithium battery design, electric equipment launches and latest industry efforts in battery recycling.
In October - Hyundai CE India introduces new electric forklifts and excavators models designed for the heavy-duty mining and infrastructure sectors.
The French port in Le Havre adds four Kalmar hybrid straddle carriers. This nearly EUR5 million order will contribute to reducing its carbon footprint, with delivery expected by the end of 2023.
Zhejiang UN Forklift launches a new three-wheeled electric forklift and a lithium battery counterbalance forklift at the 134th Autumn Canton Fair in Guangzhou.
Australian researchers develop a new lithium-sulphur battery design that needs less lithium, removes the need for pollutant minerals like nickel or cobalt and improves the number of times the battery can be cycled.
Combilift’s Combi-CB70E 7 T electric counterbalance wins the product innovation category in the Fifth Italian Terminal and Logistics Award.
Toyota launches a new line of electric pneumatic forklifts with capacities ranging from 3,000 lb. (1.3 T) to 7,000 lb. (3.2 T) and with the ability to work in all weather conditions.
In September - The Kion Group plans to recycle 5,000 T of battery material by 2030 in partnership with Li-Cycle to recover valuable materials from their old batteries for producing new ones.
Combilift, Hangcha and Baoli all release new forklifts including a four-wheel electric stand-on sideloader, with driverless capability, and a high-voltage lithium battery rough terrain forklift range.
A.P. Moller Maersk inaugurates a sustainable 16,000 sqm warehouse in Cameroon's Douala Port Zone, featuring battery-powered forklifts charged by solar energy to align with their 2040 net zero goal.
Genkinger introduces a versatile electric transport vehicle called Sherpa to address customer demands for smaller all-round electric transporters. The transporter is available in various wheelbases and payload capabilities.
Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas introduces new electric UniCarriers models designed for efficiency in crowded warehouse spaces. They offer a 16-hour runtime on a single charge, industry-leading speed, and operator-adjustable features like weight adjustment among others.
The Port of Abidjan's has expanded its fleet of electric rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) to 18, improving container storage efficiency and consolidating their eco-responsible approach.
And from the blogs... Lithium batteries for forklift rental fleets have proven to be beneficial for both dealers and renters. As forklifts go electric, lithium-ion batteries offer longer lifespan, cost-efficiency, and sustainability says Tim Karimov president of lithium battery maker OneCharge.
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