ABB to supply charging infrastructure for VDL’s autonomous e-vehicle fleet at Singapore port
In a recent announcement, Switzerland-based multinational corporation ABB has revealed that it has received a new order pertaining to the supply of charging infrastructure for a fleet of autonomous electric logistics vehicles. The order has been received from Singapore.
According to the details shared by ABB, the company will supply and commission the charging infrastructure for a fleet of 80 Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) which will be manufactured by VDL Automated Vehicles, a subsidiary of Netherlands-based VDL industrial and manufacturing company. The AGVs, measuring 15 metres in length and 2 metre in height, will be driverless electric logistics vehicles capable of lifting up to 65 tonne weight. The maximum speed of the AGVs will be 25 km/h.
The AGVs manufactured by VDL Automated Vehicles will be used at the new Tuas Port in Singapore, for the transportation of heavy ship containers at the port terminal. The AGVs are scheduled to go into operation by 2023.
ABB has said that the targeted timeline for the deployment of the charging points and supporting infrastructure for the VDL fleet of AGVs is end-2020.
ABB also elaborated that its charging infrastructure contract for the autonomous VDL fleet specifically includes the supply of 450 kW fast chargers, along with the development and delivery of prefabricated container solutions with integrated chargers, medium/low voltage switchgear, and transformers. In addition, ABB will also supply associated control and monitoring equipment.