FAST CHARGE FOR PORT LOADERS
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.”
New fast chargers allow this electric straddler to top up its batteries in half-a-minute.