FAST CHARGE FOR PORT LOAD­ERS

The Witness - Wheels - - FUTURE TECH - — WR.

EV­ERY week sees an­other an­nounce­ment of fast charg­ing sta­tions for elec­tric cars be­ing set up along Amer­i­can and Euro­pean roads for elec­tric car driv­ers, and now ship­ping ports have joined the trend.

Fin­nish man­u­fac­turer Kal­mar an­nounced it will in­tro­duce the first fast charg­ing so­lu­tion for elec­tric pow­ered shut­tle and strad­dle car­ri­ers.

Us­ing the same pan­tographs on elec­tric buses, the gi­ant con­tainer han­dling ma­chines will charge their lithium-ion bat­ter­ies us­ing direct cur­rent wires erected at strate­gic stop­ping points on their work­ing routes.

A typ­i­cal charg­ing time in op­er­a­tion is 30 to 180 sec­onds, and with the max­i­mum charg­ing power of 600 kW, full charge can be achieved in a few min­utes.

Vice pres­i­dent of Hor­i­zon­tal Trans­porta­tion at Kal­mar Dr Tero Kokko said the 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.”

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

New fast charg­ers al­low this elec­tric strad­dler to top up its bat­ter­ies in half-a-minute.

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