Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has completed the final charging station installation for its Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV) at its Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) in Hamburg
Last month the final charging station for the electrified AGVs was approved at the world’s first climate-neutral handling facility, and put into regular operation.
Now, some 18 electric charging stations are now available for charging the automatically driven vehicles that transport containers between the quayside and the container block storage area at CTA.
The fast-charging stations, each housed in a 20-foot container, are distributed along the AGV area in groups at both ends and in the centre of the area. The charging stations supply the AGVs with electricity generated by renewable energies. AGVs are fully charged in around 1.5 hours. One battery charge is sufficient for one day of operation.
Depending on the charging status, the AGVs drive to the charging stations automatically and the charging process is also fully automated. The formerly diesel-powered AGV fleet will be converted completely to lithium-ion battery operation by 2023. More than 85 per cent of the AGVs are already battery-powered.
HHLA noted that 11 more battery vehicles will join the fleet at CTA next year.