UK’s Port of Felixstowe and Shanghai Westwell Technology Co., Ltd (Westwell) have signed an agreement for an additional 100 battery-powered autonomous Q-Trucks.
The order follows a tender exercise and a thorough testing and evaluation process. The delivery of the first autonomous trucks will be in September 2023.
In addition to the autonomous trucks, the port is investing in battery-powered conventional tractor units, replacing and re-engineering its yard cranes and purchasing electricity only from certified renewable sources.
Thus, Hutchison Ports has announced that its UK ports will achieve Scope 1 and Scope 2 net-zero by 2035 as part of the group’s global target established in line with the Science Based Targets initiative’s (SBTi) net-zero standard.
Clemence Cheng, chief executive officer of the port of Felixstowe and executive director of Hutchison Ports, commented, “Following the positive introduction of autonomous trucks at our terminal in Thailand and after thorough and successful testing in Felixstowe, we are rolling the system out in the UK.”
He added, “The new trucks will increase the efficiency and operational consistency of our container handling as well as making a significant contribution to decarbonising operations at the port.”