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With an aim to provide electrified power solutions by 2021, Volvo Penta has presented an emission-free terminal tractor featuring a Volvo Penta electric driveline at TOC Europe 2019 in Rotterdam, running from 18-20 June

AFVolvo Penta Stage V range (Image source: Volvo Penta)

“We strive for sustainable power solutions not only from an environmental standpoint but also from an economic one,” said Peter Granqvist, chief technical officer 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 utilisation 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.”

Close collaboration with OEMs and operators

Granqvist commented, “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.”

Earlier this year, it was announced that Volvo Penta will develop the electric driveline in Austrian manufacturer Rosenbauer’s first industrialised electric fire truck. The strategic partnership with one of the world’s top manufacturers of fire-service vehicles followed the announcement that Volvo Penta is providing the propulsion system to Gothenburg’s all-electric ferry. Both projects demonstrate important steps in the company’s journey to offer electrified power solutions.

Visitors are able to see the terminal tractor at Volvo Penta’s outdoor area at TOC Europe, inspect the electric driveline at the stand (E20) and talk to the experts.

A competitive Stage V solution

Volvo Penta has highlighted its Stage V diesel engine range at TOC. A Stage V D8 engine together with the EATS solution will be displayed at the stand.

“The Stage V engine range is a competitive solution, bringing value to OEMs and operators in the material handling segment,” said Granqvist.

“The range is optimised for customers’ needs and offers ease of installation, operation and maintenance. Fuel consumption is reduced by up to five per cent across the range (compared to the Stage IV engines). Passive regeneration has also been maximised, removing the need for stand-still regeneration.”