The UK’s port of Felixstowe has placed orders for 48 battery-powered terminal tractors and 17 zero-emission rubber-tyred gantry cranes.

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The two-wheel drive tractor units, supplied by Shanghai’s Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC), will be the first electric tractors at the UK’s largest container port. The remote-controlled, electric gantry cranes will come from Konecranes Finland.

Chris Lewis, ceo at the port, said the electric equipment will save 6,662 tonnes of CO2 and 59.38 tonnes of NOx emissions every year. “We have reduced our carbon footprint by 30 percent since 2015. That has been achieved through a range of measures including the first phase of our programme to phase out diesel-powered yard cranes. These latest acquisitions will help drive further substantial reductions in the future and help us to reach our target of a further 20 percent reduction over the next five years,” he added.