Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has announced that it will introduce the industry-first fast charging solution for electric powered shuttle and straddle carriers.
The Kalmar ‘FastCharge’ solution is locally emission-free and can be applied to both automated and manual operations.
The Kalmar FastCharge solution is based on the same opportunity charging technology that is used in electric buses.
The solution consists of electric powered shuttle or straddle carriers and fast-charging stations.
The charging station with a pantograph direct current charging system is located flexibly on the working route of the machines in the terminal.
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The machine has Lithium-ion batteries which enable fast charging to be used.
Typical charging time in operation is 30 to 180 seconds, and with the maximum charging power of 600 kilowatts, full charge can be achieved in a few minutes.
Dr Tero Kokko, Vice President of Horizontal Transportation at Kalmar, said: “Customers have been asking for electric powered shuttle operation for a while already. This technology makes the charging process smooth, as there is no need to take the machine out of operation for battery swapping. Neither is there a need to invest in battery swapping stations and extra batteries.
“Our hybrid technology has been extremely well received by the market. We have long experience in Lithium-ion technology in hybrid machines, and this development is a natural next step in reducing emissions. This latest complement to our portfolio will provide excellent value to terminals which are facing even tighter environmental requirements.”
(Source: Kalmar Global / YouTube)