Kalmar battery powered AGV milestone for terminal eco-efficiency

Kalmar's FastCharge technology eliminates the need for time-consuming battery swapping Kalmar's FastCharge technology eliminates the need for time-consuming battery swapping
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Kalmar has launched a new lithium-ion battery powered automated AGV which promises to be more easier and cost effective to maintain and operate than a comparable machine powered by lead-acid batteries.

The new Kalmar FastCharge AGV will also help operators ensure that their solution for transporting containers between quayside and landside operations produces no emissions at source.

"The Kalmar FastCharge AGV offers both greenfield and brownfield terminals an alternative solution to reduce the environmental impact of their operations while maximising equipment availability,” said Mikko Mononen, vice president, intelligent horizontal transportation, Kalmar.

Next step

Mr Mononen said that launching the Kalmar FastCharge AGV was the natural next step after the company’s successful project with PSA Singapore, where it delivered a fleet of 18 customised electric AGVs in June 2017.

Kalmar's FastCharge technology - already available for Kalmar shuttle and straddle carriers - eliminates the need for time-consuming battery swapping as machines can be opportunity charged at charging stations along their working routes.

With recharging taking just a few minutes, equipment availability is maximised with the AGVs spending more time moving containers and less time idle. The Kalmar FastCharge AGV also features a regenerative energy system that stores energy from braking and makes it available for reuse.

Customers can choose an integrated turnkey solution consisting of the Kalmar terminal logistics system (TLS) and Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS). They can also take advantage of Kalmar Key, which enables integration of the Kalmar TLS with their existing TOS.

The Kalmar FastCharge AGV is being launched to the market at TOC Asia which takes place on from 24 to 25 April 2018.

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