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MOL and Volvo Penta combine for electric RoRo tractor

The special Volvo Penta and MOL tractor will be trialled at DFDS’ Port of Ghent terminal

Volvo Penta has announced a new partnership with heavy industry and port handling equipment company MOL to begin trialling a full electric 4X4 RoRo tractor in port environments.

The RME225 will be trialled at the Port of Ghent, focusing on integrating a purpose-built electric driveline in port operations.

The vehicle features a Volvo Penta driveline consisting of three battery packs equalling 270 kWh of installed energy, an EPT802 gearbox and two 200 kW propulsion motors.

The RME225 aims to operate a full shift and provide an alternative to its diesel counterparts, representing a significant step towards sustainable and efficient port logistics.

The Port of Ghent is a strategic hub for DFDS, who is trialling the vehicle that will allow it to reduce its environmental impact.

This follows its recent procurement of 100 electric trucks from Volvo, adding to the 125 heavy electric trucks previously acquired.

“The technical progress achieved through our collaboration with Volvo Penta in creating the full electric 4×4 RME225 terminal tractor demonstrates our efforts to expand our range of new emission-free vehicles specifically for the rigorous needs of heavy-duty port equipment,” MOL sales engineer Conrad Verplancke says.
“We’re ensuring that it performs reliably, efficiently and effectively in real-life operational scenarios.”

The trial includes MOL conducting range tests to fine tune the vehicle’s performance and drivability with the aim of addressing unique challenges faced by port-based vehicles.

“The value of electrification extends beyond the initial technology investment,” Volvo Penta area sales manager Jeroen Overvelde says.

“The full electric tractor matches its diesel counterparts in performance, with potentially higher acceleration rates and available torque on the RME225.

“Success hinges on delivering superior performance and optimising total cost of ownership (TCO).”

“As fleet owner and terminal operator at the Port of Ghent, we are happy to support these trials and the development and testing of the electric 4X4 RME225 RoRo tractor,” DFDS Ghent terminal director Raf De Wit says.

“This is in line with our efforts to decarbonise our land-based activities, improve the working environment and increase the efficiency of our port operations.”

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