April 1, 2021 3:00 PM, EDT

Volvo Penta, Tico to Develop Electric Terminal Trucks

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Volvo Penta announced a joint effort in North America with Terminal Investment Corp. to develop emissions-free, fully electric terminal truck prototypes, calling them a viable future application for EVs.

Together, the companies are scheduled to start building the first prototypes and begin testing this year.

Savannah, Ga.-based Tico is a provider of fleet and terminal services. It also manages a fleet of more than 1,500 terminal tractors, creating a unique business model as both an OEM and an operator, according to Sweden-based Volvo Penta, a unit of Volvo Group..

“It’s a truly transformational partnership, where Tico gives us an inherent understanding of the specific needs and challenges of fleet operators to ensure we’re developing a viable electric solution for the long run,” Volvo Penta of the Americas President Martin Bjuve said in a release.

In related news,Volvo Penta is working with OEM Rosenbauer, which has 11 production facilities on four continents, to develop an electric fire truck. The vehicle is being put to use in real life call-outs in Berlin and is scheduled for market introduction later this year. — Transport Topics

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