MOL and Volvo Penta conduct trials of an electric 4X4 RoRo tractor at Belgian port

MOL, a Belgian manufacturer of port handling equipment, and Volvo Penta, a marine and industrial engine manufacturer, have announced a partnership to conduct trials of the RME225, an electric 4X4 RoRo tractor, at the Port of Ghent, in collaboration with the port’s operator, logistics firm DFDS.

The three partners aim to demonstrate a move away from the diesel-powered vehicles that are currently used in port logistics in order to reduce air pollution, vibration and noise.

The RME225 features a Volvo Penta driveline that includes three battery packs with a capacity of 270 kWh, an EPT802 gearbox, two 200 kW propulsion motors and a separate 50 kW motor to power the hydraulic system and the fifth wheel. The tractor is designed to operate for a full shift without requiring recharging.

The electric RoRo tractor is meant to demonstrate the increased productivity for fleet owners and terminal operators that electrification could offer, Volvo Penta said. DFDS recently ordered 100 electric trucks from Volvo Trucks, a move that brings DFDS’s total electric truck fleet size to 225.

“As part of this trial, MOL is conducting range tests on the RME225 to fine-tune vehicle performance and driveability,” said Conrad Verplancke, a Sales Engineer at MOL.  “These tests are crucial for ensuring the vehicle can handle heavy loads and operate efficiently under the demanding schedules typical of port operations.”

Source: Volvo Penta

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