HHLA terminal accelerates electrification project with 16 new automated guided vehicles

HHLA steps up electrification project

The Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) received the last of its 16 new automated guided vehicles (AGVs) with lithium-ion battery drive in December 2020, taking its total fleet to 60, according to Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA).

The terminal operator said the announcement means that two-thirds of the CTA’s AGV fleet is electrified. By the end of 2022, the nearly 100 driverless container transporters will be converted to fast-charging battery drive.

In addition to the 16 new battery AGVs, six more energy charging stations were also put into operation in 2020. This brings the number of charging stations at CTA to 13, with five more to be added next year.

With the expansion of the climate-friendly energy supply, HHLA is ensuring the operation of its growing battery-powered AGV fleet at CTA. The vehicles independently drive to the charging stations as needed and recharge their batteries with green electricity.

The conversion of the AGV fleet at CTA, supported by Hamburg’s Ministry for Environment, Climate, Energy and Agriculture with support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the ‘Energiewende in Unternehmen’ subsidy programme, is an important component of HHLA’s sustainability strategy. The goal is to halve CO2 emissions by 2030 and achieve climate neutrality across the Group by 2040.

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