Kalmar sets emissions benchmark

26 Jun 2014
The seven straddle carriers have resulted in a 37% decrease in fuel consumption compared to a conventional diesel-electric machine

The seven straddle carriers have resulted in a 37% decrease in fuel consumption compared to a conventional diesel-electric machine

Kalmar’s hybrid straddle carriers, delivered to MSC Home Terminal in Antwerp earlier this year, have set the industry benchmark for fuel consumption and emissions.

During one month of operation at the terminal, which is the most important European hub for MSC, the seven straddle carriers, including one new-generation hybrid machine, have resulted in a 37% decrease in fuel consumption compared to a conventional diesel-electric machine.

"Kalmar puts a constant focus on the innovation on their straddle carriers,” explained Randy Verresen, technical manager, MSC Home Terminal. “We opted for the new Kalmar hybrid straddle carrier to gain savings in fuel consumption, to decrease carbon dioxide emissions and to improve usability and driver experience."

The results show an average fuel consumption level of 12.3 litres per hour. This reduces the carbon dioxide emission by 97 tonnes per year compared to a traditional machine.

"The Kalmar hybrid straddle carrier's regenerative energy system 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,” said Dr Tero Kokko, vice president, horizontal transportation, Kalmar.

Kalmar’s hybrid straddle carrier is equipped with a new active stability control system and ensures smooth and safe driving by continuously monitoring speed, turn radius and the spreader’s position, slowing the vehicle automatically when needed.

Its redesigned cabin features improvements in ergonomics and safety, such as electrically operating rotatable chair and better visibility with less night time reflections.

“The new system can deliver a remarkable 40% decrease in fuel consumption compared to existing machines in the market 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,” added Mr Kokko

In March, Kalmar received an additional order form MSC for six ESC 250 straddle carriers, which will be delivered later this year.

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