Taylor, Rocsys Team Up on Robotic Charger for Electric Container Handler

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Taylor Machine Works, Inc., a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emissions container handlers and one of the last privately held American manufacturers of material handling equipment, has partnered with Rocsys to offer robotic charger deployment for the second-generation Taylor ZLC electric container handler.

“Autonomous charging is the next step in our commitment to battery electric vehicle technology,” said Robert Taylor, president and chief operating officer of the Taylor Group of Companies. “We are so pleased to be working with Rocsys and what they bring to the table in autonomous charging solutions for us.”

Autonomous charging of electric vehicles provides charging at scale around the clock without the need for human interaction at the vehicle. In October 2019 Taylor was involved in a milestone project with the Port of Los Angeles on Clean Air Day with the launch of the first generation ZLC. Since then, Taylor, an associate member with the Southern Forest Products Association, continues to search for the best in innovation and technology for equipment componentry.

“We are pleased to support Taylor by offering autonomous charging solutions that make the charging process of electric top pick vehicles easier and safer,” said Crijn Bouman, CEO and cofounder of Rocsys. “Our solution is simple to implement for Taylor and its customers, as it uses the standard CCS-1 inlet and chargers. We believe this cooperation with Taylor is a milestone and allows us to support autonomous charging in ports and logistics environments, as well as other industrial applications.”

Autonomous charging enables dependable and fast charging while reducing wear and tear on charging cables and connectors. Rocsys solutions work with any high-power DC charging station that uses a CCS-1 charging connector, thus allowing autonomous charging with existing charging equipment.

Rocsys is an international venture-funded company with European Union operations based in the Netherlands and U.S. operations based in Portland, Oregon.