LBCT Earns Coalition for Clean Air’s California Air Quality Award
For Use of Fully Battery Electric Terex Automated Guided Vehicles
Long Beach Container Terminal president Anthony Otto has won the Coalition for Clean Air’s California Air Quality Award for LBCT’s drive toward zero emissions, including its use use of new, fully battery electric vehicles for handling containers.
The all-electric automated guided vehicles from Terex Port Solutions will play a key role as LBCT work toward zero emissions. “The battery AGVs are being deployed at LBCT’s new terminal,” states a TPS release, “and will be utilized for the horizontal container transport from quayside to stackyard.”
The first 38 machines were delivered to Long Beach at the start of 2014 and 34 more are expected.
Hawker Lead Acid Batteries
“Environmental protection is one of our basic corporate values,” Otto says in the TPS announcement release, “and the emission-free battery AGVs from TPS helps us to achieve it.
“These AGVs make a major contribution to LBCT being one of the most eco-friendly terminals in the world.”
Each AGV has a 500-ampere-hour battery pack, says Dr. Klaus Woeste, senior project manager for automated terminal systems at TPS. Hawker lead acid batteries are supplied by EnerSys. Batteries are swapped out and recharged in a dedicated battery exchange station building, Woeste told F&F, allowing the AGVs to operate “more or less full-time.”
Hawker brand lead acid batteries are supplied by EnerSys.
Rotterdam & Hamburg Too
The AGVs have a load capacity of 70 tons and can handle 45-foot and ISO containers. TPS notes that in addition to the AGVs themselves, it supplies navigation and management software to operate the AGV fleet. The units can be automatically positioned to plus-or-minus 30 millimeters.
In Europe, AGVs similar to those at the Port of Long Beach are in service at four terminals in Rotterdam, Woeste says, and one in Hamburg.
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Source: Terex Port Solutions with Fleets & Fuels follow-up