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Another clean air initiative has taken shape – this time on the US East Coast – involving the integration of hybrid technology with two Kalmar terminal tractors. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the main benefactor of the project, together with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, APM Terminals, Parker Hannifin Corporation and the Port of Rotterdam, aims to lower emissions at the nation ports and demolish technical barriers for hybrid terminal tractors to become commercially viable. Kalmar will contribute to the two-year project by not only supplying the units but also providing the research and development required to implement the machines with the new technology.

The terminal tractors will use a diesel-hydraulic system that will combine the cleanest available diesel engine technology with components that use hydraulic fluid compression to store energy. The hybrid technology is expected to improve the vehicles’ fuel efficiency by 50 to 60 percent, reduce or eliminate emissions during idling, and decrease brake wear.

Says Stefan Johansson, Vice President of Trailer Handling for Kalmar:

The decision to develop hybrid terminal tractor technology on the US East Coast reflects US ports’ commitment to cleaner operations. Kalmar is at the forefront of R&D when it comes to environment-conscious products, which makes us the ideal partner to provide terminal tractor product expertise to this initiative.

Kalmar is currently contributing to a two-year hybrid terminal tractor project launched at the end of 2006 with the West Coast Collaborative, an EPA-sponsored organisation, and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Three Kalmar terminal tractors will be equipped with either a hybrid-electric system or a hybrid-hydraulic system expected to reduce emissions by 93 percent, which equates to 19 tons of nitrogen oxide and 200 pounds of particulate matter.
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"Kalmar will partner withthe EPA in itslatest East Coastclean air port initiativeaiming to develop a commercially viable hybrid terminal tractor.Since the late 1990s, Kalmar has been developing a range of 'green' machines thatmeet or exceed the toughest global standards on pollution,including a terminal tractor that runs on liquefied natural gas."

Kalmar is a global provider of container and heavy duty materials handling equipment, automation applications and related services. It is the world leading supplier of cargo handling equipment to ports, terminals and intermodal facilities.

Every fourth container or trailer transfer at terminals around the world is handled by a Kalmar machine. The company also supplies a wide range of machines to demanding industrial customers for applications as diverse as handling steel and paper to shunting road trailers at distribution hubs.

Kalmar is also leading the way in port automation applications with its application of unmanned container handling technology, on-board smart features and remote maintenance products developed in co-operation with customers and partners.

Kalmar product range is complemented by a large range of value added services such as maintenance contracts and fleet management. Production plants are situated in Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Malaysia, China and the USA. Kalmar net sales were EUR 1.2 billion in 2006.

Kalmar is part of Cargotec Corporation, the world's leading provider of cargo handling solutions, which are used in local transportation, terminals, ports, distribution centres, and ships. In 2006 Cargotec net sales were EUR 2.6 billion. Cargotec class B shares are listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.

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