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Wednesday, 07 May 2014

Helsingborg adopts hybrid reach stackers

Port of Helsingborg Port of Helsingborg Helsingborgs Hamn

Konecranes today reports that its hybrid reach stackers have completed a full year of field testing at Helsingborg and have now permanently joined the existing fleet at the Swedish port.

Launched in January 2013, the SMV 4531 TB5 HLT features a hybrid diesel/electric driveline, an electrified hydraulic closed circuit lifting system and super capacitor-based energy storage.

Konecranes says that the hybrid machines can save between 30% and 50% of fuel during normal handling of fully loaded containers compared to conventional reach stackers. While testing them, the port of Helsingborg cut its CO2 emission by 80 tonnes, says the Finnish manufacturer.

“We are very happy with the performance of the machine and not just on the fuel saving and reduction of the CO2 emission,” said Mats Fernebrand, purchasing manager, Port of Helsingborg. “The machine’s reliability, performance and driver comfort have exceeded our expectations.”

Lars Fredin, vice-president and head of Business Unit Lift Trucks, Konecranes, added: “The completion of our field tests has confirmed that the hybrid reach stacker offers unparalleled savings on running costs and energy consumption. These efficiencies are ideal for clients looking to be frontrunners in eco-efficient technology without compromising on heavy lifting performance.”

Konecranes says that it has decided to offer serial produced hybrid reach stackers. 

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