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Port of Felixstowe invests in autonomous, battery-powered trucks

Article-Port of Felixstowe invests in autonomous, battery-powered trucks

Photo: Hutchison Ports Felixstowe autonomous truck signing
Port of Felixstowe, part of the Hutchison Ports’ network, and Shanghai Westwell Technology have signed an agreement for an additional 100 battery-powered autonomous Q-Trucks.

We are really excited to be working in partnership with Westwell to bring their ground-breaking and AI-driven technology to the Port of Felixstowe. 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,” said Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe and Executive Director of Hutchison Ports.

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.” 

The new equipment is an essential element of the port’s decarbonisation strategy. Hutchison Ports has announced that its UK ports will achieve Scope 1 and Scope 2 net-zero by 2035 as part of the groups global target established in line with the Science Based Targets initiative’s (SBTi) net-zero standard, according to Hutchison Ports. The Port of Felixstowe is part of Freeport East, one of twelve Freeports being established in the UK.  A key element of the Freeport East strategy is to boost innovation and investment. 

Kenny Tan, Chairman of Westwell said: “Hutchison Ports is a significant global partner for Westwell. As a world leading company in intelligent mass-logistics, Westwell, with its holistic solution in new energy autonomous driving, can help increase efficiency while reducing costs and delivering sustainable development options. The contract also marks a very important development of Westwell’s Ainergy Strategy to utilise AI applications to reduce energy consumption and facilitate decarbonisation. In this respect we will continue to explore opportunities to commercialise new developments with Hutchison Ports to equip global logistics for sustainable development.”

Delivery of the first autonomous truck will commence in September 2023.

The two parties further discussed about bringing Westwell’s technology and expertise to the UK through the establishment of a new facility for Westwell within Freeport East.

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