Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has officially handed over its first fully electric reach stacker to long-term partner, Cabooter Group, following a six-month testing period.
The reach stacker will continue operations at Cabooter Group’s Greenport Venlo intermodal terminal in the south east of the Netherlands.
Since its founding in 1995, Cabooter Group has grown to become a global logistics provider and one of the leading logistics hub operators in Europe.
The company is already benefiting from lower fuel costs and reduced emissions thanks to five Kalmar Eco reach stackers deployed at Venlo and at the company’s Kaldenkirchen terminal in Germany.
In 2019, Cabooter Group signed an agreement to become the pilot customer for the Kalmar electric reach stacker during the product’s initial development phase.
As part of the handover ceremony, Cabooter Group was presented with the Kalmar Eco Hero Award in recognition of its commitment to adopting sustainable electrically powered equipment.
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Hans Cabooter, President and CEO, Cabooter Group, said: “With our focus firmly on improving the sustainability of our operations, reducing the noise and airborne emissions that our equipment generates is a must.”
The Kalmar electric reach stacker, which offers lifting capacities of up to 45 tonnes, is said to improve the eco-efficiency of cargo-handling operations while allowing customers to maintain high levels of productivity and safety.
The reach stacker is available with a range of modular battery options and charging solutions.
“The goal we set when we first signed the agreement to collaborate with Kalmar on this eco-efficient solution in 2019 has not changed: We want to become the industry leader in airborne emission and noise reduction in partnership with Kalmar,” Cabooter added.
This delivery comes two months after Kalmar secured an order from Austrian rail logistics service provider, Innofreight Solutions GmbH (Innofreight), for a heavy electric forklift.
More recently, Napier Port took possession of four new Kalmar container handling machines in line with its Emissions Reduction Strategy and wider sustainability objectives.