Yusen Terminals Begins Operating Battery-Electric Top Handlers at Port of LA

One of five new battery-electric top handlers that are now operating at the Port of Los Angeles’ Yusen Terminals facility. Photo: POLA.

Five new battery-electric top handlers are now in operation at Yusen Terminals at the Port of Los Angeles, it was revealed June 25.

Yusen purchased the Taylor ZLC 996 electric top handlers, which are expected to lower the amount of carbon-related emissions coming from activities at the terminal. Three additional Taylor top handlers are expected to arrive later this year, making 25% of Yusen’s fleet of top handlers zero-emission capable, according to the company.

“We are thrilled to unveil the world’s first electric top handlers, representing a significant leap forward in our commitment to sustainability,” Yusen Terminals President and CEO Alan McCorkle said. “With the introduction of these electric top handlers, we are not only reducing our carbon footprint and continuing to support our local workforce, but also pioneering a greener future for global port operations.”

The Taylor ZLC 996 electric loaded container top handler lift trucks feature a 90,000 pound capacity and are designed to run as long as 18 hours on a single charge, the company said.

“These all-electric cargo top handlers are the culmination of years of rigorous, real-world prototype testing and development here at our port,” POLA Executive Director Gene Seroka said. “Our collective commitment to pursuing this technology has paid off, helping prove this equipment’s commercial viability.”

By Karen Robes Meeks