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Emission-free: Volvo Penta-powered electric terminal tractor

emission-free terminal tractor featuring a Volvo Penta electric driveline
Volvo Penta electric-powered terminal tractor, ©_Volvo Penta Göteborg

Volvo Penta converted the terminal tractor to fully electric and emission-free using proven electromobility technology from Volvo’s bus and truck applications.

“We strive for sustainable power solutions not only from an environmental standpoint but also from an economic one,” says Peter Granqvist, CTO of Volvo Penta. “We are seeing that certain electric applications are reaching a point where they are providing a lower total cost of ownership than diesel engines. Material handling is a promising segment for electrification due to its high machine utilization and greater accessibility to charging. We therefore decided to create a proof of concept for this segment in order to implement market feedback into our development.”

Close collaboration with OEMs and operators
By fitting and optimizing an electric driveline for a proven terminal tractor, Volvo Penta has gained a deeper understanding of both the challenges and opportunities in the installation process, which is paramount when designing driveline solutions for OEMs.

“Our approach going forward in the development will centre around close collaboration with OEMs and operators; this is critical for success,” adds Granqvist. “With deep application knowledge, our solutions will be fit for purpose and adapted to customer needs. We take a full systems supplier approach, using our global aftermarket service network to take responsibility for the full system installation. This is how we will help our customers in the transition towards new, clean technology solutions.

Volvo Penta is leveraging the benefits of Volvo’s proven technology and competence in the field of electromobility, combined with a deep understanding of customer applications and needs, says Volvo. Earlier this year it was announced that Volvo Penta will develop the electric driveline in Austrian manufacturer Rosenbauer’s first industrialized electric fire truck. The strategic partnership with one of the world’s top manufacturers of fire-service vehicles followed the announcement that Volvo Penta is providing the propulsion system to Gothenburg’s all-electric ferry. Both projects demonstrate important steps in the company’s journey to offer emission-free power solutions.

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