Li-ion battery powered AGVs

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Germany’s Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has ordered 25 Konecranes Gottwald Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) with lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery drives for the Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA).

The machines, which are scheduled to be delivered in spring 2018 together with six fully automated quick chargers, write the next chapter of the AGV technology story for both Konecranes and HHLA.

Jens Hansen, board member and chief operating officer at HHLA, said: “Our CTA with its high degree of automation is already leading the way for container handling of the future, to which the AGV technology of Konecranes has made a major contribution. With our entry into lithium-ion battery drive technology, we are continuing to develop consistently in terms of efficient and sustainable container handling.”

HHLA and Konecranes have been partners in technology for many years. The first AGVs were supplied to Hamburg in 2001. These were equipped with diesel-hydraulic drives, but in 2006 there followed AGVs with a diesel-electric drive train and, in 2011, AGVs with lead-acid batteries were delivered. At the time, these were the first battery-driven AGVs on the market.

Klaus Peter Hoffmann, vice president, integration, Konecranes, said: “Since the Li-ion batteries can be charged around four times faster, it is also possible to charge in the vehicle in connection with an automated quick charger.”

“This also means that the electrification of brownfield AGV terminals can be facilitated without the need for major investment in the infrastructure.”

Battery-driven AGVs from Konecranes are now established in reliable fleet operation in automated terminals in Europe and the USA.

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