APMT, Kalmar partner for straddle carrier electrification pilot

Kalmar, APMT partner for straddle carrier electrification pilot

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract with APM Terminals (APMT) Pier 400 Los Angeles to provide two new Kalmar electric AutoStrads and adapt two existing hybrid straddle carriers.

The new and modified units will be part of APMT’s $60 million electrification initiative.

The order was placed in Cargotec’s Q1 2024 order intake, with the pilot slated to begin in Q4 2024.

Jon Poelma, Managing Director of APMT Pier 400, said: “With this pilot, we look to gain a greater understanding of how to convert our existing hybrid equipment fleet to fully electric with our onsite mechanic workforce.

“Electrifying straddle carriers is an essential task for us. We’re confident they will be able to meet the significant operational demands of the terminal. We have made the commitment to our customers to decarbonise supply chains and are aiming for net-zero emissions at the terminal before 2030.”

The two Kalmar electric straddle carriers participating in the electrification pilot project will reportedly feature high-power batteries with an operation time of 45–50 minutes and a charging time of approximately five to six minutes.

READ: APMT launches ‘Clean Truck Express Lane’ at Pier 400

In the pilot project, charging will be performed at two Kalmar FastCharge charging stations strategically located on the machines’ working routes.

All charging-related decisions are performed automatically by Kalmar One Fleet Optimiser’s energy management module.

Arto Keskinen, Senior Vice President, Horizontal Transportation, Kalmar, stated: “We are exceptionally proud that APM Terminals has selected Kalmar as their partner for this electrification pilot, which will demonstrate the capabilities of our fully electric straddle carrier.”

In February, APMT unveiled a significant upgrade of its terminal operations fleet to electric vehicles (EVs).

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