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Long Beach builds its zero emissions fleet

Next year Long Beach will begin testing zero emissions tractors and top handlers.

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The Port of Long Beach is moving aggressively to test and develop electric yard tractors and top handlers as part of its plan to have all cargo handling equipment zero emissions by 2030, as set out in the San Pedro Clean Air Action Plan.

In 2017 Long Beach had 183 pieces of zero emissions equipment, 13% of the entire equipment fleet. The overwhelming majority of this operates at LBCT, which with electric ASCs in the yard and a fleet of battery AGVs is the cleanest terminal in the US by some distance today.


With several new projects underway Long Beach is on target to increase its zero emissions fleet to 225 by 2020, 16% of the equipment fleet. The port has obtained US$76M in grant funding to help develop and test the equipment and charging infrastructure.


The funding is being spread around more than a dozen projects in an effort to develop a wide range of equipment and bring as many terminal operators and equipment owners onboard as possible. Zero emissions projects recently approved by the Port of Long Beach Harbour Commission include:

A BYD battery electric terminal tractor
A BYD battery electric terminal tractor
  • Two battery electric top handlers from Taylor Machine Works with battery charging stations from BYD Motors to be deployed at SSA Marines’s Pier J South terminal by February 2019.
  • One BYD charger and Taylor top handler, and one TransPower charger plus one Kalmar electric tractor to be deployed at Pier E (the north gate of LBCT) by February 2019.
  • A second phase project at Pier E featuring four BYD chargers, one Cavotec charger with an automatic connection system and four BYD yard tractors to be deployed for a 12 month test by September 2019.
  • A larger project at Pier T featuring 29 charging stations for battery electric tractors and forklifts. Equipment includes six Kalmar tractors and an unknown number of forklifts from BYD. Four of the charging stations will be DC fast charge systems. The tests are scheduled to start by December 2020.
The Kalmar T2E
The Kalmar T2E

The tractor for the LBCT project will be Kalmar’s new “T2E” model with a drive system from TransPower. “It features Kalmar’s latest lithium-ion battery technology and a fully electric powertrain that produces zero emissions at source. The onboard inverter charger allows the vehicle to be ’opportunity charged’ during working breaks; a battery monitoring system displays charge status and indicates when a recharge is required. Compared to a diesel-powered tractor, the Kalmar Ottawa T2e generates less noise, vibrations and heat, and - most importantly - no fumes,” Kalmar stated.


Gina Lopez, Vice President, Terminal Tractors, Kalmar, added that as well as offering customers an all-electric option, the T2 is “also a significant milestone in our journey towards producing an electric version of every product in our portfolio by 2021."

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