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K-Motion - All the power. 40% less fuel.

Over the last ten years we have been on a quest to find the best sustainable solution for our reachstackers. Now we can present an innovative and highly efficient way to achieve major savings, increase productivity, reduce fuel consumption and lower emissions – Kalmar K-Motion.

Efficiency in motion.

With 30 years experience and 10,000 reachstackers sold, we are proud to offer a commercially viable technology. Kalmar K-Motion gives you substantial reduction in fuel consumption without compromising drive and lift power. It is a complete drive train system with well-proven efficient transmission technologies – hydrostatic and hydro-mechanical – in combination with the smart programming embedded in Gloria. Our customer field reports prove fuel consumption and exhaust emission reductions of up to 40%!

The first equipment to be launched with the Kalmar K-Motion technology is the Kalmar Gloria DRG450 reachstacker 6–6.5 for container, intermodal and industrial handling.


Increased savings

Kalmar K-Motion gives you up to 40% less fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.

Increased comfort

Maximum engine speed is 1700 rpms, with lower noise for the operator and people in the vicinity. The continuous variable transmission makes shifts, drive stops and directional changes smooth and seamless, which improves ergonomics and reduces operator fatigue.

Increased efficiency and productivity

The smart control system splits the power to increase efficiency in drive and lift mode combinations. Available engine power is used for what it is intended, which improves productivity per litre fuel or per ton CO2. The torque converter has been replaced by hydrostatic technology, so the throttle works as an actual speed throttle without engine revving at low drive speed needed. Kalmar K-Motion also increases overall precision.

Increased safety

The more precise driving increases safety in daily operations. Operators can focus on the task ahead and react quickly, avoiding accidents and damaged cargo.

Easier to operate

Kalmar K-Motion requires less effort from the operator, as the drive and lift power split works automatically and there is less need for revving. The reachstacker reacts directly and smoothly to acceleration.

Well-known equipment

Most components are exactly the same as on other Gloria reachstackers. Service, maintenance and daily inspections are conducted in familiar ways.

Savings every day and world-class TCO

Substantial fuel savings and increased productivity means Kalmar K-Motion pays off quickly. Well-proven quality materials, durable components and sturdy design make the DRG450 Kalmar K-Motion a profitable choice. 



Emission level

-       First-phase introduction with “EU stage 4 / EPA Tier 4 Final” emission levels

-       Second-phase introduction with “EU stage 3A / EPA Tier 3” emission levels

K-Motion is available in the following DRG models:

Container Handling:

-       Wheelbase 6.0 and 6.5 m

-       DRG 420-60 S5 to DRG 450-65 S6HC XS

-       Toplift spreader with twistlocks

Intermodal Handling:

-       Wheelbase 6.0 and 6.5 m

-       DRG 450-60 C5 to DRG 450-65 C5 XS

-       Combilift spreader with both twistlocks and trailer bottomlift

Industrial Handling:

-       Wheelbase 6.0 and 6.5 m

-       DRG 500-60 A5 to DRG 600-65 Z XS

-       Multi-functional Tool Carrier with twistlocks or dual Lift Hook

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