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Kalmar secures electric equipment deal with APMT to enhance LA terminal

Kalmar, a part of Cargotec, has entered into an agreement with APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles to deliver two new Kalmar electric AutoStrads™ and upgrade two existing hybrid straddle carriers.

These additions and modifications will contribute to APM Terminal's US$60 million electrification initiative. The significant order was recorded in Cargotec's Q1 2024 order intake, with the pilot program set to begin in Q4 2024.

"With this pilot, we look to gain a greater understanding of how to convert our existing hybrid equipment fleet to fully electric with our onsite mechanic workforce. Electrifying straddle carriers is an essential task for us. We’re confident they will be able to meet the significant operational demands of the terminal. We have made the commitment to our customers to decarbonise supply chains and are aiming for net-zero emissions at the terminal before 2030," stated Jon Poelma, managing director of APM Terminals Pier 400.

As part of the electrification pilot project, the two Kalmar electric straddle carriers will be equipped with high-power batteries capable of operating for 45–50 minutes on a single charge, with a charging time of approximately five to six minutes.

During the pilot, charging will take place at two strategically positioned Kalmar FastCharge™ stations along the carriers' routes. All charging-related operations will be automated by Kalmar One Fleet Optimiser's energy management module.

"The automated straddle carrier terminal at Pier 400 in Los Angeles is a flagship reference project for Kalmar and a demonstration of our world-class automation and retrofit capabilities. We are exceptionally proud that APM Terminals has selected Kalmar as their partner for this electrification pilot, which will demonstrate the capabilities of our fully electric straddle carrier," commented Arto Keskinen, senior vice president of Horizontal Transportation at Kalmar.

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