An artist rendering of the emission-free, electric terminal tractor. - Photo: Volvo Penta

An artist rendering of the emission-free, electric terminal tractor.

Photo: Volvo Penta

In line with Volvo Penta’s wider sustainability ambitions, the company has taken another step in its emobility journey together with TICO, a North American company that deals with fleet services, terminal services, and terminal tractor manufacturing. The two companies have announced a joint effort in the development of emissions-free, fully-electric terminal truck prototypes. Terminal tractors – used in ports, distribution centers, and rail terminals – represent a viable future application for EVs.

TICO sought to team up with a trusted and technologically advanced electric powertrain solutions provider. 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 development stages.

As part of the Volvo Group, Volvo Penta has a unique position in helping its customers within the area of electromobility. Its electric driveline draws on tested and proven technology from Volvo Group. Volvo Penta is already working with OEM Rosenbauer in the development of an electric fire truck. This electric fire truck is being put to use in real-life call-outs in Berlin and is scheduled for market introduction later this year.

In addition to its manufacturing operations, TICO also manages a fleet of more than 1,500 terminal tractors, creating a unique business model as both an OEM and an operator.

Together the two companies will start building the first prototypes and begin testing this year. Additionally, TICO is also partnering with Volvo Penta to offer an alternative diesel powertrain within its existing line-up.

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