News roundup: developments in the battery market

Rosie Clifford -
Forkliftaction Sparks
- 11 Jul 2024 ( #1187 )
2 min read
Toyota invests $100 million in electric forklift factory.
Toyota invests $100 million in electric forklift factory.

As the global drive towards electrification continues, we compile recent coverage of the materials handling battery market, including reports of new products, substantial equipment orders, and manufacturer developments.


In June - Konecranes introduces a heavy-duty version of its E-VER electric forklift as it continues its plan to electrify its entire forklift fleet by the end of 2026.

Kalmar unveils a new electric empty container handler at the TOC Europe trade show in Rotterdam.

APM Terminals orders 240 pieces of container handling equipment for five of its terminals in an effort to drive the efficiency and sustainability of its operations.

Manitou Group and Kiloutou, Europe’s third largest equipment rental company, unveil the world’s first retrofitted electric telehandler.

Port handling equipment maker MOL and Volvo Penta begin trials of an electric 4X4 roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) tractor, the RME225, at the Port of Ghent.

Roypow debuts its new anti-freeze lithium forklift battery for materials handling in cold environments at HIRE24 trade show.

Toyota Material Handling gets set to spend nearly USD100 million to build a new electric forklift manufacturing plant in Indiana.

In May - Konecranes supplies hybrid Noell Straddle Carriers to Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP).The machines run on fossil-free HVO 100 biodiesel and utilise hybrid electric technology.

National Trench Safety UK (NTS) makes the switch from internal combustion forklift to electric as the shoring firm works towards a net zero carbon footprint.

Equipment manufacturer LiuGong announces plans to launch more than 40 models of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2027.

British battery startup Raeon unveils affordable custom batteries for forklifts, robots and other battery-powered materials handling equipment.

American manufacturer Mi-Jack Products teams up with Terberg Taylor Americas to produce a line of battery electric yard and terminal tractors.

Tobroco-Giant releases three new models of electric telescopic loaders, all powered by a robust 13 kW electric motor.

Clark Material Handling has unveiled a new indoor-outdoor pneumatic forklift, available with a lead acid or lithium-ion battery.

In April - EV manufacturer BYD adds a fleet of ForwardX autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and autonomous forklifts to its battery production line.

Kion Group subsidiary Baoli unveils a new reach truck range, all powered by 48 V batteries.

With the materials handling industry continuing its move towards electrification, Forkliftaction covers the latest crop of electric forklift developments at LogiMAT 2024.

Ballard Power Systems and EnerSys subsidiary Hawker reveal plans to build battery gigafactories in the United States.

Ports in Croatia and Malaysia plan to upgrade with new equipment, with APM Terminals investing EU100 million on electrifying Rijeka Gateway’s container handling equipment fleet.

San Diego’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal deploys its first piece of zero-emission equipment, a 55,000 lb. (25 T) Wiggins Yard eBull battery electric forklift.

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