Volvo Penta and TICO developing emissions-free terminal tractors

By Ian Cameron25 March 2021

Additionally, TICO is also partnering with Volvo Penta to offer an alternative diesel powertrain within its existing lineup.

A typical Volvo Penta electric driveline setup.

Volvo Penta and TICO are joining forces to develop emissions-free, fully-electric terminal tractors which are used in ports, distribution centres and rail terminals.

Additionally, TICO is also partnering with Volvo Penta to offer an alternative diesel powertrain within its existing lineup.

TICO, which specialises in fleet services, terminal services, and terminal tractor manufacturing, wanted to team up with an electric driveline provider, it said.

The company, based in Ridgeland, South Carolina, USA, said it wanted a partner that could “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.”

“TICO has always been at the forefront of bringing alternative powertrain solutions to the market,” said Frank Tubbert, General Manager, TICO. “We recognized the need for an EV application and wanted a partner who could deliver electric power solutions, characterized by proven technology and backed by a trusted brand and superior support.”

Volvo Penta is already working with OEM Rosenbauer on the development of an electric fire truck. The truck is being put to use in call-outs in Berlin and is scheduled for market introduction later this year.

“We respect Volvo Group’s global brand and more importantly so do our customers,” said Tubbert. “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.”

“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. It’s an exciting journey ahead together with TICO,” says Heléne Mellquist, CEO and President of Volvo Penta.

In addition to its manufacturing operations, TICO also manages a fleet of more than 1500 terminal tractors.

TICO said it has experienced strong growth over recent few years and continues to diversify its powertrain portfolio. Together the two companies will start building the first prototypes and begin testing this year.

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