More electric Terbergs on the way

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The Dutch company continues to invest to extend its range of electric machines, aiming for 60-80% of sales to be electric by the end of the decade.

Netherlands-based Terberg is continuing to develop electric versions across its terminal tractor range. The company aims to offer electric versions of all its vehicles by 2027 and expects that by the end of the decade, 60-80% of all sales will be for electric machines.

Terberg currently has an electric ro-ro machine, the Terberg RT303EV, in progress. The first unit was completed in 2023 and is expected to start its first tests in a real live port environment this year. At this stage, however, the machine is a proof of concept.

“The term ‘proof of concept’ clearly indicates this product is far from ready for series production. As building a good and reliable yard tractor in an EV version was not easy, you will understand that our engineers faced a lot more challenges with the development of the EV ro-ro 4×4,” Terberg announced.

“There is not much space for the batteries and other components as the tractor has to be maneuverable, low, with a long range and still have a spacious cabin for the driver,” Terberg added.

Despite the challenge, a battery-electric ro-ro machine is important for Terberg. The company has customers in countries such as Sweden, Denmark, and Norway that use Terberg 4x4s in ro-ro operations and are looking for a fully electric option.

Further advanced is Terberg’s new electric swap body carrier, the BC203EV. “We started the development of the BC203EV in 2022,” said project engineer Thijs Verbeek and area sales manager Jordie Landegent. “It shares a lot of technology with our EV yard tractor, the YT203EV. And like that proven unit, it offers the same performance as a diesel vehicle. It can operate up to 12 hours without recharging the battery.”

Terberg expects to start producing the BC203EV at its Benschop plant in Q1 2024, with the first deliveries scheduled soon after. “We have already received a significant number of orders, mostly for customers in France and Germany,” Terberg said.

Meanwhile, Terberg continues to build momentum with the YT203EV. In 2023, German freight and logistics company Duvenbeck successfully tested a Terberg YT203EV with a 150kWh battery at a customer site in Rastatt, to manage incoming trailers loaded with automotive parts and components. Helrom, which supplies the horizontal rail system for loading road trailers to rail cars without lifting, has ordered six YT203EVs, two of which are operating in Düsseldorf.

In alternative fuels, Terberg recently delivered 50 YT220 LNG tractors to PSA Singapore for use at Pasir Panjang. “These tractors are used 24/7, clocking up at least 500 running hours per month,” Terberg said.

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