Australasian Timber

Electric option a clean lifting solution

Zero emissions and a reduced carbon footprint


IRISH materials handling specialist Combilift has officially launched its latest product, the Combi-XLE, as a further addition to its impressive range of electric models.

In line with the growing demand for electric powered equipment, this multidirec­tional forklift with up to 5-ton lift capacity, combines emissionfr­ee operation with powerful performanc­e for a wide range of industries and applicatio­ns.

The original engine powered XL CSeries 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 whilst offering a high level of driver comfort.

With sustainabi­lity ever higher on the agenda, Combilift further helps its 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. 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.

The Combi-XLE incorporat­es upto-the-minute technology such as the patented all-wheel traction that reduces tyre wear, 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. Since Electric powered trucks do not have traditiona­l combustion engines, or hydraulic transmissi­ons, there is no longer any need to check and top up engine fluids / lubricants, resulting in longer intervals between services, ultimately saving costs. The use of toughened, eco-friendly waterbased paint also dramatical­ly reduces the amount of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) during build.

“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,” said Combilift CEO and Co-Founder Martin McVicar. “We made our first electric C-Series over 18yrs 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.”

At Combilift’s own manufactur­ing facility, features such as daylightin­g technology - LED lights with individual PIR sensors, solar panel energy and rainwater harvesting are all aimed at conserving natural resources and decreasing energy consumptio­n. 92% of all components used in the truck assembly are 100% recyclable and the company is also on track to save over 473 tons of CO2 by using carbon neutral wood chip instead of gas for heating within the factory.

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