Kalmar hybrid shuttles bound for US
Three new Kalmar hybrid shuttle carriers are bound for the US Port of Virginia with the aim of both helping increase terminal capacity and the port to attain its sustainability goals.
The 1-over-1 hybrid shuttle carriers, scheduled for delivery during the third quarter of 2015, will be dedicated to operations at the Virginia International Gateway (VIG), one of the port's four terminals that is equipped with automated stacking cranes (ASC).
John Reinhart, CEO and executive director, Virginia Port Authority (VPA), said: "One of the focus areas for us is to increase the terminal capacity at a sufficient pace to keep up with growing demand and reducing our carbon footprint and fuel costs."
"The ASC and shuttle setup fits this requirement perfectly. Kalmar's new innovative technology, especially the hybrid solution, helps us to meet one of our goals: sustainability - being gentle on the environment when and where possible."
The Kalmar hybrid shuttle carriers have a regenerative energy system which converts electrical braking and spreader lowering energy into electric power that is stored by the state-of-the-art battery technology.
An automated start-stop system chooses the optimal balance between engine and battery power which can deliver an impressive 40% decrease in fuel consumption while meeting the most stringent engine emission regulations worldwide.
This not only adds up to significant cost savings for the terminal, but also improves the sustainability of operations.
For Kalmar, the Port of Virginia is the third customer to opt for the new-generation hybrid technology.
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