In charge

HHLA operates the biggest fleet of electric vehicles of any port in Europe – thereby setting standards in environmental protection.

Green power instead of diesel: HHLA is focusing on electromobility as part of its comprehensive sustainability strategy. This focus is not only on the handling facilities and container transport in the European hinterland; the vehicles in the HHLA car pool in the Speicherstadt historical warehouse district are also becoming more and more environmentally friendly. There are a total of 81 purely battery-powered cars in use at HHLA. “This means that we have the biggest fleet of electric vehicles of any port in Europe,” says Jan Hendrik Pietsch, HHLA’s Sustainability and Energy Management Officer.

The electric fleet includes many different types of vehicles spread throughout the terminals and the headquarters in the Speicherstadt historical warehouse district. Thanks to a comprehensive infrastructure of charging stations, HHLA employees can find an electric car at any time. They clearly take up the offer, as all the vehicles combined travel a total of more than 500,000 kilometres per year.

E-vehicles keep not only noise but also CO2 emissions to a minimum, as they are charged using green power from renewable energy sources. “In addition, the battery-powered cars have many fewer wear parts than vehicles with combustion engines, which also makes them ideal for our usage purposes,” says Jan Hendrik Pietsch.

Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT) serves as an example of how electricity can be generated effectively at HHLA’s facilities. Solar collectors on the roof of CTT produce 116,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of CO2-free electricity every year. However, the electric cars at Tollerort consume only 68,000 kWh annually.

Each vehicle has its own charging station at the terminals and in the car park in the Speicherstadt historical warehouse district. The cars are recharged there after a journey is completed. As a result, the vehicles are always ready for use and can cover distances of up to 150 kilometres. The rapid charging station at Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) can provide the electric cars with enough energy for 80 percent of their maximum range in just 15 minutes. “The electric fleet of vehicles has met with an excellent response from staff members. This also shows that we are on the right track with our strategy,” says Bernd Seele, Car Pool Project Manager at HHLA.