Port of Helsingborg, the Swedish container specialist, has ordered four YT203-EV electric terminal tractors from Terberg. The company is both a port operator and a stevedoring business and has the second largest container port in Sweden. The storage and transshipment company aims to create the most environment-friendly port in Scandinavia with these new vehicles.
The municipality of Helsingborg, owner of the port, has decided that in 2024 all equipment in the port should have zero CO2 and NOx emissions. Bart Steijaert, CEO, Port of Helsingborg AB: "Our strategy is to be the most environment-friendly port in Scandinavia by that time." The purchase of these four Terberg electric terminal tractors is the first investment towards realising this. He added: "Terberg is one of first to supply electric tractors, and their equipment is highly reliable. We know it works, and the service is very good."
The new YT203-EV vehicles will operate 24/7 for at least 10 years. Steijaert expects that the additional first cost of the electric vehicles will definitely be recouped within that period. "The savings on maintenance and diesel make the return on investment favourable."
Sufficient battery capacity
The four identical tractors will be used at the container terminal, the logistics park, and for transport operations between the two. Given the intensity of the operations the Port of Helsingborg is considering selecting the highest capacity battery pack for the tractors, 222 kWh. The company is also considering the most appropriate type of charging station. Power company Öresunds Kraft AB, on a neighbouring site, will guarantee the supply of sustainable electricity.
Investment and conversion course
The Port of Helsingborg ordered the new tractors from Terberg distributor N.C. Nielsen AS, which will also supply spare parts. The YT203-EVs will be built by Terberg towards the end of 2020 and the distributor will deliver them early 2021. In the meantime, the customer will give their personnel conversion courses, from diesel to electric, and purchase new maintenance tools. By the end of 2024 all the existing Terberg terminal tractors will be replaced by the new generation Terberg electric terminal tractors.