In Charge

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In Charge

HHLA operates the biggest fleet of electric vehicles of any port in Europe – thereby setting standards in environmental protection.

Green power instead of diesel: HHLA is focusing on electromobility as part of its comprehensive sustainability strategy. This does not just include the automated guided vehicles (AGVs) at Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA), the vehicles in the HHLA car pool in the Speicherstadt historical warehouse district are also becoming more and more environmentally friendly. In total, almost 80 fully battery-powered cars are in use. “This means that we have the biggest fleet of electric vehicles of any port in Europe,” says Jan Hendrik Pietsch, HHLA’s Sustainability and Energy Management Officer.

The fleet of vehicles comprises a wide range of vehicle types: Renault Kangoos are used at Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT), the car models BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf at O’Swaldkai multipurpose terminal, and Renault Kangoo, ZOE and Nissan e-NV at Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA). Renault ZOE and Smart ED (Electric Drive) are available to HHLA car pool users for service-related journeys. The vehicles travel a combined total of around half a million kilometres on an annual basis.

E-vehicles minimise noise and CO2 emissions, as they are charged using green power from renewable energy sources. “In addition, the battery-powered cars have much fewer wear parts than vehicles with combustion engines, which also makes them ideal for our usage purposes,” says Jan Hendrik Pietsch.

CTT serves as an example of how electricity can be generated effectively at HHLA’s facilities. Solar collectors on the roof of this terminal produce 116,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of CO2-free electricity every year. However, the e-vehicles at Tollerort consume only 68,000 kWh.

Each vehicle has its own charging station at the terminals and in the car park in the Speicherstadt historical warehouse district. The cars are recharged there after a journey is completed. As a result, the vehicles are always ready for use and can cover distances of up to 150 kilometres. The rapid charging station at Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) can provide the cars with enough energy for 80 percent of their maximum range in just 15 minutes. “The new fleet of vehicles has met with an excellent response from staff members. This also shows that we are on the right track with our strategy,” says Bernd Seele, Car Pool Project Manager at HHLA.

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The HHLA terminals put on electromobility. The fleet of e-vehicles is well received by HHLA employees. After every trip the e-vehicles are recharged with green eletricity.