New electric forklift

Combilift has launched the Combi-XLE, which will sit within its range of electric models.

In line with the growing demand for electric powered equipment, this multidirectional forklift, with a five-ton lift capacity, combines emission-free operation with powerful performance for a wide range of industries and applications, the company said.

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 tyres, and a spacious cab, allowing smooth operation on semi rough terrain while offering a high level of driver comfort.

Combilift further helps its customers achieve their environmental goals with its ‘three-forklifts-in-one models, which work inside and out, reducing fleet size and thereby their carbon footprint, the company said.

“A hallmark of all Combilift products is the 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, which is of significant benefit to the environment and the workforce. 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.”

Combilift CEO and co-founder Martin McVicar said: “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, while of course offering a greener operation.

“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.”