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Kalmar to supply world’s first electric reachstacker to Westport in Norway

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Kalmar, the Finnish cargo handling equipment manufacturer and part of Cargotec, has concluded an agreement with the Norwegian port operator Westport to supply an electric reachstacker.

The order, which also includes a five-year Kalmar complete care service agreement, was booked in Cargotec’s first quarter 2022 order intake, with delivery scheduled for the fourth quarter of the year.

The Kalmar electric reachstacker ordered by the Norwegian company has a maximum lifting capacity of 45 tons and is capable of stacking five high and three rows deep.

The 326 kWh lithium-ion battery of the machine is covered by a five-year warranty and has an expected first life of 10–12 years, according to Kalmar.

In addition, the battery capacity is sufficient to cover a full working shift, with charging performed during scheduled breaks using combined charging system (CCS) chargers with a maximum capacity of 350 kW, making this the world’s first reachstacker to implement this charging standard.

Founded in 2009, Westport has a current equipment fleet of two Kalmar Gloria reachstackers.

“The fact that we are the first in the world to use a new and innovative technology from Kalmar speaks volumes about our ambition to be at the forefront of the green shift,” commented the CEO of Westport, Kurt A. Ommundsen, who went on to add, “Our investments in electrification, hybrid solutions and biodiesel will enable us to reduce our emissions by 56% in 2022.”

Regarding the five-year Kalmar complete care agreement, it will provide Westport with preventive and corrective maintenance services, aiming to enable “better operational and financial predictability, lower operational risk and reduced downtime.”

“Kalmar and Westport are united by a firm commitment to reduce carbon emissions in the port and terminal industry. Together we are showing the industry that electrified reachstacker container handling is a feasible solution already today,” said Alf-Gunnar Karlgren, vice president of counterbalanced container handlers in Kalmar Mobile Solutions.

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