KALMAR has been awarded first place in the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association Innovation Awards for two of its eco-efficiency solution products.

The Kalmar Electric Terminal tractor and Kalmar FastCharge charging solution for battery-powered machinery were recognised as the best examples of disruptive and highly innovative technologies for the port industry.

A total of 21 companies competed.

The award committee consisted of members from DP World, APM Terminals, PSA, Eurogate, Yilport, Terminal Link and HHLA, with each member individually scoring the proposals received from the participating companies.

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The Kalmar T2E terminal tractor features lithium-ion battery technology as well as an electric powertrain that produces zero emissions at source.

Kalmar FastCharge is described as a “unique opportunity-charging solution for battery-powered machinery” such as shuttle and straddle carriers enabling terminals to completely eliminate airborne emissions while also drastically reducing noise.

Gina Lopez, vice president, Terminal Tractors at Kalmar said innovation was at the heart of their business.

“These solutions demonstrate not only our passion for innovation and commitment to shaping the industry, but also our focus on realising a sustainable future for the container handling industry,” Mr Lopez said.

Kalmar vice president intelligent horizontal transportation solutions Henrik Häggblom said they were “exceptionally proud” to be the first recipient of this award from PEMA.

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