Friday, August 10, 2012

Companies to Partner on Zero Emission Port Terminal Tractor

Vision Industries Corp., a developer of zero emission electric/hydrogen hybrid powered vehicles and hydrogen fueling systems, and Cargotec USA, a cargo flow efficiency company, are teaming up to complete a zero-emission terminal tractor demonstration project funded by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The project, which is funded under the ports’ Technology Advancement Program clean-air initiative, calls for demonstrating the efficacy of deploying zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell-electric hybrid terminal tractors to move containerized cargo within port facilities.

Under the collaborative effort, Vision Industries will install its hybrid drive system on the Kalmar Ottawa model terminal tractor.

“We are excited to be working with Cargotec USA,” Vision Industries CEO Martin Schuermann said in a statement announcing the collaboration. “They are the market leader in terminal tractors.”

The ports’ Technology Advancement Program focuses on the development of new and emerging technologies, with the objectives being to streamline the process for reaching consensus on emission reductions achieved by various technologies, and facilitating the development of new technologies and their adoption throughout the port industry.