Mammoet has created a new zero emission heavy transport vehicle, which can support installing large infrastructure such as bridges, wind turbines and power station components.
It works by converting existing Self-propelled Modular Transporters, or SPMTs, from diesel to electric power. SPMTs are the workhorse of the heavy construction industry, used in various large energy and construction projects worldwide.
Mammoet developed a retrofit kit to replace diesel engines in the vehicles with electric motors. Once converted, each SPMT works in the same way as before: transporting objects up to thousands of tons at 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 equipment.
The new SPMT can minimize the carbon footprint of site transports. This allows customers to reduce the impact of large infrastructure projects on surrounding people, businesses and infrastructure. It also helps reduce noise levels at project sites.
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 the 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 is widely used in the heavy industry.