Volvo Penta has partnered with terminal tractor manufacturer TICO to jointly develop emissions-free, fully-electric terminal truck prototypes.
Together, the two companies will start building the first prototypes and begin testing this year.
The partnership and project represent in Volvo Penta’s electromobility journey and aligns with the company’s wider sustainability ambitions.
Heléne Mellquist, CEO and president of Volvo Penta, said: “Volvo Penta’s vision is to be a leader in sustainable power solutions and we are working closely with our customers to transform the industry and drive the research and development of sustainable technology.”
Terminal tractors, used in ports, distribution centres and rail terminals, represent a viable future application for EVs.
TICO, which acts as both an OEM and an operator with a fleet of more than 1,500 terminal tractors, sought to team up with a trusted and technologically advanced electric powertrain solutions provider.
It wanted to work with one that would not only take a full system approach when providing a reliable electric driveline but also offer deep technical expertise throughout the entire design and developmental stages.
Frank Tubbert, general manager at TICO, said: “TICO has always been at the forefront of bringing alternative powertrain solutions to the market.
“We recognised the need for an EV application and wanted a partner who could deliver electric power solutions, characterised by proven technology and backed by a trusted brand and superior support. We found all this and more in Volvo Penta.”
Volvo Penta’s electric driveline draws on tested and proven technology from the Volvo Group, of which Volvo Penta is a part of.
The company is already working with OEM Rosenbauer in the development of an electric fire truck which is being put to use in real-life call-outs in Berlin and is scheduled for market introduction later this year.
Tubbert added: “We work with many of the largest fleets in the US that already use the Volvo Group powertrain. We know that this first-class company will remain at the edge of key technology for the future; including in areas such as the battery.”
TICO has experienced strong growth over the past few years and continues to diversify its powertrain portfolio.
Additionally, TICO is also partnering with Volvo Pentya to offer an alternative diesel powertrain within its existing line-up.
Martin Bjuve, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas, said: “Working closely with customers is a cornerstone of our approach to bringing new solutions to market.
“It’s a truly transformational partnership, where TICO gives us an inherent understanding of the specific needs and challenges of fleet operators to ensure we’re developing a viable electric solution for the long-run.”