Volvo Penta & FTMH to electrify forklifts

Volvo Penta is developing a range of electric forklifts weighing up to 52 tonnes with collaboration partner Italian manufacturer FTMH (Fantuzzi Team Material Handling).

The first model to be electrified will be the 26-tonne FTF 26-12, currently equipped with a Volvo Penta diesel engine, as the FTF 26-12 EL. The 600-volt electric drive uses a Volvo Penta battery system with a capacity of 360 kWh, which can be charged with up to 250 kW. According to Volvo, the charging process takes “just over an hour”.

“This collaboration is another proof point highlighting our focus and the high potential of the material handling segment,” says Zeyd Okutan, Product Manager at Volvo Penta. “Port operations and logistic terminals are a good fit for electrification, and we see great opportunities for fleets with zero-emission vehicles, including forklifts, empty container handlers, reach-stackers and terminal tractors. Good infrastructure and well-defined duty-cycles will ease the transformation of the industry, bringing benefits including reduced noise, increased uptime and productivity.”

Eugenio Ponzini, Technical Manager at FTMH added: “Our exclusive Volvo Penta dealer in Italy, CARMI, is a key partner in the project, supporting the development of what we all hope will be the first of a wide range of electric material handling machinery to be manufactured in Brescello.”

Volvo Penta has been active across all mobility types, with efforts to electrify the marine sector with Danfoss Editron, to building electric drive systems for electric fire trucks with Rosenbauer. The company also electrified a diesel ferry in 2019.


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