Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has secured a significant order from long-term customer DP World for eight fully electric Kalmar straddle carriers with high-energy batteries at its London Gateway logistics hub.
The order was booked in Cargotec’s Q2 2023 order intake, with delivery of the machines scheduled for Q2 2024.
Kalmar equipment and automation solutions are at the core of DP World London operations at London Gateway, with the terminal operating 60 Kalmar automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) and 40 Kalmar straddle carriers.
According to Kalmar, the electric straddle carriers with high-energy batteries will be capable of operating for up to four hours.
Furthermore, no major changes are required to the yard infrastructure as the charging stations will be located in parking areas outside operational hotspots.
The straddle carriers will also be fitted with a standard CCS2 charging interface that is compatible with any commercial charging station.
DP World said it will install two Kalmar FastCharge charging stations in the yard area that can be used to top up the machines’ batteries during shifts.
Mikko Mononen, Vice President, Sales Management, Horizontal Transportation, Kalmar: “Our new high-energy battery technology has been developed in response to customer demand for a battery-based solution that is more closely aligned with their operating patterns.
“We have been working with DP World London Gateway for many years on solutions to help them improve efficiency and reduce the impact of their operations on the environment.
“The terminal has been piloting a fully electric straddle carrier since 2018, and this project has served to demonstrate that fully electric machines are the optimal next step on the terminal’s decarbonisation journey,” added Mononen.