PSA International is leasing the machines, which will be supplied with full electric power packs. These will use Lithium-ion batteries designed for a nine-hour shift between charges, developed in partnership with CEA Grenoble, the French Atomic and Alternative Energy Commission.
After the full electric battery pack has been put into service successfully at Sines, Gaussin will roll them out at Mayotte Channel Gateway (MCT) in the French overseas department of Mayotte. MCT’s five ATTs will be delivered with diesel electric power packs initially.
The order for Sines is an important breakthrough as it will be the PSA’s Groups first experience with the ATT (Automotive Terminal Tractor). PSA Group also plans to test Gaussin’s concept of transitioning the machines from manned to fully automated operation as Automotive Intelligent Vehicles (AIVs).
Separately Gaussin has won an order for a special fully electric 25t transport vehicle from its MTO (Make to order) line from Mitsui for a manufacturing facility in Japan.
Meanwhile, Gaussin has teamed with BA Systèmes to set up a new joint venture, Gaussin BA Systèmes, aimed at the ports and terminals automation market. Officially introduced at the JDL Med 2014 trade fair in Marseilles at the end of October, the joint venture will offer "Plug & Play" solutions for both driverless vehicles and navigation systems to port terminal operators throughout the world who want to automate their internal ground transportation systems.
Gaussin BA Systèmes is 60% owned by the Gaussin group and 40% by BA Systèmes, with a share capital of €1M.
BA Systèmes is a leader in the field of in-plant automated handling, transportation and storage, while Gaussin Manugistique is keen to develop its IAV (intelligent automated vehicle) concept as a further development of its ATT designs as a cost-effective alternative to existing AGV designs in container terminals. The joint venture will initially be run by Jean-Luc Thomé, Chairman and Director general of BA Systèmes.