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