Filter content by area of interest
Ports & Terminals
Port AuthoritiesContainerBulkBreakbulk/General CargoRo-Ro/AutomotiveGTOs
Cargo Handling Equipment
STS CranesYard CranesMobile CHERo-Ro EquipmentBreakbulk EquipmentLow ThroughputBulk Handling Equipment
Shipping & Logistics
Container ShippingBreakbulk/General CargoRo-Ro ShippingDry Bulk ShippingLiquid cargoesLogistics
TOSPlanning & Optimisation TechnologyWiFiMobile ComputingPort Community SystemsAsset Tracking & Monitoring
Automated EquipmentGate AutomationRemote ControlProcess Automation
RailInland WaterwaysShortsea ShippingRoadAir-Cargo
Container Industry
Container manufactureContainer leasingRepair/StorageTradingConversion/Innovation
Operations/TransportContainer leasingEquipmentM&R/Storage
General cargoProject Cargo/Heavy LiftForest productsRo-Ro/AutomotiveAgribulks
Safety & Security
InsuranceHazardous cargoLashings/SecuringLegal/Regulatory
Civil Engineering
Port & terminal construction/designCivil & Consulting EngineersDredging & ReclamationMooring & FenderingLightingPaving & Surfacing
InsuranceLegal/RegulatoryAppointments/PeopleMergers/Acquisitions/RestructuringFinance/Financial ResultsTrade & Professional AssociationsBusiness/Commerce Miscellaneous
 View all Topics View all Topics A-Z
More View all Topics View all Topics A-Z

You are viewing 1 of your 1 guest articles

register  or  login  for full access to online news

Volvo presents zero emissions tractor

Volvo Penta launched a new battery electric drive line for terminal tractors at TOC Europe.

Linked InTwitterFacebookeCard
Volvo presents zero emissions tractor

Volvo Penta presented what it calls “yet another step in its journey towards offering electrified power solutions by 2021” with a battery electric drive line in a Kalmar terminal tractor at TOC Europe this week.


The tractor on display was not a purpose built electric machine, but rather a Kalmar machine that had been “converted” to a full electric drive line using “proven electromobility technology from Volvo’s bus and truck applications”.


The drive line featured 2 x 49KwH battery packs powering 2 x 105kW drive motors (options for different size batteries are available) and a two-stage transmission initially developed for Volvo buses. The battery system is not sized to last a full 8-hour shift. It is intended for applications with fast opportunity charging points, and/or a charging opportunity during a shift break.


“We strive for sustainable power solutions not only from an environmental standpoint but also from an economic one,” said Peter Granqvist, CTO of Volvo Penta. “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 is a promising segment for electrification due to its high machine utilization and greater accessibility to charging. We therefore decided to create a proof of concept for this segment in order to implement market feedback into our development.”


Volvo Penta stressed that the pilot has given it a deeper understanding of the challenges OEMs face fitting an electric drive line into an existing diesel machine like a terminal tractor. “Our approach going forward in the development will centre around close collaboration with OEMs and operators; this is critical for success,” added Granqvist. “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. This is how we will help our customers in the transition towards new, clean technology solutions.”


Volvo confirmed that the drive line in the Kalmar machine on display is the same as Volvo Trucks is using in its new “Vera” autonomous tractor that DFDS is testing in Gothenburg.

Linked InTwitterFacebookeCard

You may also be interested in...

ZPMC moves in

Bunking up the logs for easy moves

Pulp facts to the fore in Montevideo

Hyster clamps up on reel handling

Sizing up the breakbulk market

Getting on the intermodal track

Related Stories

Kalmar scoops PEMA eco award

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded first place in the PEMA Innovation Aw...

Kalmar One - open automation system for container terminals

Kalmar has introduced Kalmar One, said to be the first open automation system fo...

Automated truck handling with Autostrad

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will be introducing Automated Truck Handling (ATH) to...
Linked In