Volvo Penta presented an emission-free terminal tractor featuring an electric driveline at the TOC Europe 2019 exhibition in Rotterdam.
The company converted the terminal tractor to fully electric using proven electro mobility technology from Volvo’s bus and truck applications.
Peter Grangvist, CTO of Volvo Penta, said: “We strive for sustainable power solutions not only from an environmental standpoint but also from an economic one.
“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, Grangvist said, is a promising segment for electrification due to its high machine utilisation and greater accessibility to charging.
By creating a proof of concept for the segment, the company aims to be able to implement market feedback into its development.
Grangvist said: “Our approach going forward in the development will centre on close collaboration with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and operators; this is critical for success.”
By fitting an optimising 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 beneficial when designing driveline solutions for OEMs.
Grangvist added: “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.”
Visitors of TOC Europe were able to see the terminal tractor at Volvo Penta’s outdoor area, inspect the electric driveline at its stand and talk to experts.
Its stand also featured the company’s Stage V diesel engine range with a Stage V D8 engine together with the EATS solution was on display.
Additionally, earlier this year, Volvo Penta announced it would develop the electric driveline in Austrian manufacturer Rosenbauer’s first industrialised electric fire truck as well as providing the propulsion system to Gothenburg’s all-electric ferry.