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Mammoet creates zero-emission heavy lift transportation solution

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A Mammoet zero-emission heavy transport vehicle Mammoet

Mammoet has created a new zero-emission heavy transport vehicle which can help minimize the carbon impact of installing large infrastructure such as bridges, wind turbines, and power station components.

The transport vehicle works by converting existing self-propelled modular transporters – or SPMTs – from diesel to electric power. SPMTs are used in almost every large energy and construction project worldwide.

Mammoet has developed a retrofit kit to replace diesel engines in vehicles with electric motors. Once converted, each SPMT works in the same way as before: transporting objects up to thousands of tonnes at a walking pace using a remote control.

Fitting new engines in existing SPMT fleets cuts down on both waste and additional construction, compared to purchasing new zero-emission vehicles. 

The new SPMT has the potential to eliminate the carbon footprint of site transports. This allows users to reduce the carbon impact of large infrastructure projects.

The vehicle reduces noise levels at project sites, making working conditions quieter and safer. Communication between staff is clearer, while work can take place for longer at sites with sound restrictions.

This solution was part-financed by the DKTI, a Dutch government program to develop climate technologies and innovations in logistics. Mammoet worked with a provider of zero-emission powertrains for heavy industry to bring the electric power pack solution to market.

Developed by Mammoet in 1984 and with over 40,000 axle lines in use globally, the SPMT, or self-propelled modular transporter, changed the heavy industry by moving any heavy load safely, efficiently, and precisely.

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