Port of Los Angeles unveils zero-emission cargo handlers


One of Los Angeles County’s biggest polluters continued its quest to go green this week, when the Port of Los Angeles unveiled the first zero-emission cargo handlers to work the docks.

These battery-electric top handlers, first of their kind in the world, were designed and built in stateside, by Taylor Machine Works, Inc., already the lead supplier of top handlers in service at the Port. Handlers such as these will be used to load containers weighing up to 75,000 pounds onto trucks and trains, unload them, and stack them on terminals during transport.

Despite the heavy loads top handlers are designed to carry, Taylor’s zero-emissions handlers can operate for up to 18 hours between charges, and record energy usage data for improved performance.

“Every Angeleno deserves to know that future generations will inherit a sustainable city and a livable planet — and that our air, water, and natural resources will be protected and preserved,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said at the unveiling on Wednesday.

Advanced tracking data aside, Port officials stressed the handlers will be extensively tested over the next year. Infrastructure around the port for charging the top handlers will also be evaluated during this time.

Cargo handling isn’t the only area of environmental improvement for the Port. In addition to the battery-electric top handlers, projects currently under development include zero-emission heavy-duty trucks, battery-electric forklifts, tractors, and gantry cranes, and emissions control equipment on large ships and harbor craft.

“Today shows we are making good on our pledge to do the hard work of advancing commercially feasible solutions to meet our goal of transitioning all cargo handling equipment to zero emissions by 2030,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said. “We’re excited to power up these battery-electric top handlers and test them under the real-world conditions of a working container terminal.”


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