Kalmar Supports Long Beach Electrification


Kalmar, a part of Cargotec Corporation, has agreed to supply a fully electric terminal tractor to Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) for a six-month demonstration period.

Long Beach, the second busiest seaport in the US, is one of several Californian ports aiming to have fully electric fleets by 2030.

According to a statement, LBCT has already implemented Kalmar rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) and Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors at the facility, which handles 7.5 million TEU annually.

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Kalmar will now contribute its Ottawa T2E Electric Terminal Tractor to the Port of Long Beach Freight Electrification Project, the nation's largest initiative for zero-emissions cranes and other seaport cargo handling equipment.

As part of the project, Kalmar and Long Beach will collaborate on an off-road demonstration of the new equipment, funded by a USD $5.3 million grant from California Climate Investments.



The Kalmar Ottawa T2E Electric Terminal Tractor is designed for trailer handling operations in dispersed warehouses, container terminals and other applications where short distance road travel is required.

Kevin Hayes, Senior Vice President at LBCT, said: “We have relied on Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors as well as other Kalmar equipment for many years, so they were the natural choice when it came to seeking out a solution that would help us comply with the new legislation.

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“The Kalmar Ottawa T2e will play a key role in helping us to achieve our business goals and maintain our position as a front-runner in terms of eco-efficiency.”

Gina Lopez, Vice President of Terminal Tractors at Kalmar, also commented: “The target to achieve fully electric fleets at California ports by 2030 is driving our customers in the region to seek alternatives to diesel-powered machines.

“The Kalmar Ottawa T2e will benefit our customers' bottom line and improve their productivity while enhancing their sustainability credentials at the same time.”

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