Published: 2017-08-11

Altenwerder tests an e-tractor

Ports & terminals Altenwerder tests an e-tractor

Photo: HHLA

The HHLA's Container Terminal Altenwerder will be using the prototype to pull containers mounted on rolling chassis.

The unit has its own battery charger, and features a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of approx. 200 kWh, corresponding to the capacity offered by the batteries of 10 smaller electric vehicles.

The tractor was developed as part of a project led by Konecranes, with funding from Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, and support from HHLA.

"We are very much open to innovations and enjoy trying out new technology. Our experience of e-mobility at Altenwerder is already very positive. Not only it is highly environmentally-friendly, it is also increasingly attractive from an economic point of view, due to improved efficiency and reduced maintenance costs," Boris Wulff, responsible for terminal development at HHLA, said. 

Boris Wulff added, "New technologies undergo a cost-effectiveness assessment as well as feasibility testing. Projects must pay off for us, otherwise they aren’t sustainable. If we use an economically attractive electric vehicle between block storage and the rail terminal in future, we will be able to handle ship-to-rail container transportation in Altenwerder completely carbon-free." 

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