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Port of Helsingborg orders electric terminal tractors

Port of Helsingborg orders electric terminal tractors
The order is part of the port's zero CO2 equipment strategy

The Port of Helsingborg, which operates Sweden’s second largest container port, has ordered four electric terminal tractors from Terberg, as it aims to improve its environmental friendliness.

The municipality of Helsingborg, owner of the port, has decided that in 2024 all equipment in the port should have zero CO2 and NOx emissions.

The purchase of the four Terberg electric YT203-EV units is the first investment towards realising this.

Bart Steijaert, CEO, Port of Helsingborg: “Our strategy is to be the most environment-friendly port in Scandinavia by that time.

“Terberg is one of first to supply electric tractors, and its equipment is highly reliable. We know it works, and the service is very good.”

The new vehicles will operate 24/7 for at least 10 years and Steijaert expects that the additional first cost of the electric vehicles will be recouped within that period due to savings on maintenance and diesel.

The four identical tractors will be used at the container terminal, the logistics park, and for transport operations between the two.

Given the intensity of the operations the port is considering selecting the highest capacity battery pack for the tractors, 222 kWh, as well as the most appropriate type of charging station.

Power company Öresunds Kraft, on a neighbouring site, will guarantee the supply of sustainable electricity.

The port ordered the tractors from Terberg distributor NC Nielsen AS, which will also supply spare parts. The units will be built by towards the end of 2020 and the distributor will deliver them in early 2021.

In the meantime, the customer will give its personnel conversion courses, from diesel to electric, and purchase new maintenance tools. By the end of 2024 all the existing units will be replaced by the new generation Terberg electric terminal tractors.