Mammoet has launched a zero-emission, electric alternative for its heavy-lifting transportation fleet.
The Dutch firm says the development has been made possible as a result of a conversion process for SPMT (Self Propelled Modular Transporter) power pack units (PPUs), which replaces the diesel powertrain inside existing trailers with an electric alternative.
Once retrofitted, each trailer combination has comparable power to existing industry standard units, Mammoet claims.
According to the firm, the PPU “vastly reduces” noise levels at project sites; communication between staff is clearer, it says, while at locations where sound restrictions are in place longer operational windows are now possible.
The system is said to be compatible with all Mammoet trailers.
In a statement, Mammoet said: “The system represents another step toward zero emission on site, eliminating the carbon footprint of SPMT transport entirely.
“This allows our customers to meet increasingly strict environmental legislation more easily, reducing the impact of transport phases on surrounding communities and infrastructure.
“Retrofitting existing SPMT fleets cuts down on both waste and additional fabrication, compared to sourcing new zero-emission equipment.”
The solution was part-financed by the DKTI, a Dutch government programme aimed at developing climate technologies and innovations in logistics.
Mammoet worked with a provider of zero-emissions powertrains for heavy industry to bring the electric power pack solution to market.
When it was initially launched in 1984, the SPMT allowed heavy plant to be manoeuvred safely, efficiently, and with precision.
This next step in its story will be “just as significant”, Mammoet says, allowing for the reduction of CO2 and NOx emissions.
Image: A Mammoet heavy-lifting transporter. Credit: Mammoet
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