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 (10000lb) lift capacity, combines emission-free operation with powerful performance for a wide range of industries and applications.
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 tires, 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 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 neighboring residents and businesses, particularly in urban areas.
The Combi-XLE incorporates up-to-the-minute technology such as the patented all-wheel traction that reduces tire wear, and 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 Electrically 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 water-based paint also dramatically reduces the amount of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) during the 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 chips instead of gas for heating within the factory.
“At our South Derbyshire precast factory, we use 5 multidirectional Combi-XLE trucks to transport product from the factory to storage and then to load-out for distribution nationwide.
As we had already been using Combi units for years, the product decision was straightforward, and from a driver’s perspective, the operation remains essentially unchanged.
The reasons to move to electric were twofold: to eliminate exhaust particulates in the factory and as part of our Group environmental plan to minimize our carbon footprint. So, an improvement to the environment in more ways than one.”
Dave Clement – Production Director
Roger Bullivant Limited, part of the Soletanche Freyssinet Group, manufacture precast concrete elements for installation in engineered foundation systems.
Key Features at a glance
- AC Electric Powered
- 5 Ton (10000lb) lift capacity
- 3 forklifts in 1 – Counterbalance, Side Loader, Reach Truck
- New Technology Eco-Steer System
- All Wheel Electric Traction Control
• Large Diameter Super Elastic Tires
• Extra-Large Cabin
• Multidirectional Operation
• Increased Ground Clearance
• 80V 700Ah Battery (56kW)