Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to introduce the Kalmar FastCharge™, the industry first fast charging solution for electric powered shuttle and straddle carriers.
The solution is based on the opportunity charging technology that is also used in electric buses. The charging station with a pantograph direct current charging system is located flexibly on the working route of the machines in the terminal. The machine has modern Lithium-ion batteries, which enable fast charging to be used. Charging happens during the idle time in the machine working cycle when it has stopped to wait for the container. 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.
The Kalmar FastCharge™ is locally emission free and can be applied to both automated and manual operation. According to Kalmar, customers have been expressing their need for electric powered shuttle operation for quite some time already.
Kalmar is planning to bring the solution to the market during 2016.
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