Kalmar and London Gateway to pilot new green shuttle

Kalmar and London Gateway to pilot new green shuttle
The first machine will begin operations in early 2018

Kalmar and the UK’s DP World London Gateway will work together to pilot the port industry’s first fast charging shuttle carrier in 2018.

The fully electric powered Kalmar FastCharge Shuttle Carrier will be in operation for 6-12 months at London Gateway from the first quarter of 2018.

Andrew Bowen, head of technical, engineering and IT at London Gateway said: “We want this project to be successful.

“It offers a great opportunity to reduce carbon emissions around the port which will be of benefit to our team, our neighbours, the local environment and, perhaps most significantly, to our customers, by helping to reduce their overall supply chain carbon footprint.”

The Kalmar FastCharge, which was launched in December 2015, has zero NOx and CO2 emissions at the point of use, as well as lower noise emissions.

The opportunity charging technology found on the Kalmar FastCharge is the same used in electric buses, and charges the shuttle during idle time while it is waiting for its next container job.

Kalmar claimed that by removing lengthy recharge periods FastCharge technology will also provide fast turnaround times and increased productivity due to a utility rate of more than 90%.

The pilot shuttle will add to London Gateway’s existing fleet of Kalmar hybrid-electric shuttle carriers which reduce fuel consumption by up to 40%.

Mikko Mononen, vice president of intelligent horizontal transportation at Kalmar, said: “The pilot is a key milestone for Kalmar in developing the FastCharge technology.

“That we are now collaborating with DP World London Gateway is a clear sign that the market is starting to take off and that green values are growing importance as a strategic choice for the leading terminals.”