Hybrid-powered Container Reach Stacker for UK Market

Press Release
Monday, January 14, 2013
Hybrid Reach Stacker: Photo credit Konecranes

The world's first hybrid reach stacker, developed by Konecranes, is soon to be available in the UK through Cooper SH.

With a 45 tonne lifting capacity, the new SMV 4531 TB5 HLT features a hybrid diesel/electric driveline, an electrified hydraulic lifting system, and a super capacitor based energy storage - significantly cutting fuel consumption and emissions.

Estimated fuel consumption will be around 10 liters/hour during normal handling of fully loaded containers, significantly less than with conventional reach stackers. This is achieved by electrifying all flows of energy across the driveline, the hydraulic lifting system and the energy storage system. Its unique features will also provide improved acceleration performance and lifting response to driver commands.

Tony Rooney, Cooper SH Director, commented: "This project has been on-going for around 2 years and we are delighted that it has now entered it's field-test mode. It is further proof that SMV (Konecranes) truly are the innovators within the industry having brought to market such designs as glass ‘wrap-around' pillar less operator cabs, load sensing hydraulics, ECO drive fuel management technology, which competitors have since followed, and now this new hybrid technology."

The new hybrid Konecranes reach stacker has been and will continue being field-tested at the Port of Helsingborg's container terminal which is one of Sweden's leading container terminals and operates a significant fleet of Konecranes units.
 
Cooper SH is the UK's sole national distributor of Konecranes Lift trucks and Mantsinen operating across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
 

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