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Virginia orders Kalmar hybrid shuttle carriers

Virginia orders Kalmar hybrid shuttle carriers

Kalmar has received an order for three new hybrid shuttle carriers from the Port of Virginia, as the port targets improvements at the Virginia International Gateway (VIG).

The order of the 1-over-1 hybrid machines is expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2015, with the port hoping the investment will increase productivity and efficiency at a time of congestion at the West Coast.

John Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority said: “One of the focus areas for us is to increase the terminal capacity at a sufficient pace to keep up with growing demand, while remaining flexible in our operations and reducing our carbon footprint and fuel costs. The ASC and shuttle setup fits this requirement perfectly.”

The hybrid shuttle carriers for VIG have a 50-tonne capacity and are equipped with an extendable twin-lift spreader. Their regenerative energy system converts electrical braking and spreader lowering energy into electric power that is stored by the state-of-the-art battery technology. The system can deliver a remarkable 40% decrease in fuel consumption compared to existing machines in the market.