Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is jointly piloting the first fast charging shuttle carrier solution at DP World London Gateway in the UK.
The fully electric powered Kalmar FastCharge Shuttle Carrier will begin operations during the first quarter of 2018 for six to 12 months so DP World can understand whether it is suitable for the port's future operations.
Based on the same technology found in electric buses, Kalmar FastCharge Shuttle Carrier will charge when the shuttle is waiting for its next container job — resulting in zero NOX and CO2 emissions at the point of use as well as lower noise emissions.
DP World London Gateway’s terminal prides itself on being one of the most advanced deep-sea terminals in the world and has therefore committed itself to minimizing environmental impacts through a sustainability programme and Planet Mark certification.
The port is already using a fleet of Kalmar hybrid-electric shuttle carriers which reduce fuel consumption by up to 40%
Andrew Bowen, Head of Technical, Engineering and IT, DP World London Gateway, said: “DP World London Gateway's sustainability strategy is at the heart of our business.
“We want this project to be successful. It offers great opportunity to reduce carbon emissions around the port which will be of benefit to our team, our neighbours, the local environment and, perhaps most significantly, to our customers, by helping to reduce their overall supply chain carbon footprint.”
Mikko Mononen, Vice President, Intelligent Horizontal Transportation, Kalmar, said: “The pilot is a key milestone for Kalmar in developing the FastCharge technology.
“That we are now collaborating with DP World London Gateway is a clear sign that the market is starting to take off and that green values are growing importance as a strategic choice for the leading terminals.”