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Terberg YT203-H2: A fuel cell tractor for the port of Rotterdam

Last updated on March 9, 2021

Are fuel cell vehicles up to the requirements in a container port? This is being tried out in Rotterdam.

YT203-H2 fuel cell tractor: at least as much pulling power as a diesel vehicle (Image: Terberg)

Turnaround in traffic in the port of Rotterdam: A fuel cell vehicle has recently been in use in Europe's largest port. The tractor is in use at a container terminal, where it pulls trailers loaded with containers.

The vehicle with the designation YT203-H2 will be presented on the YT platform of the Dutch special vehicle manufacturer Terberg. These vehicles are available with a conventional combustion engine, but have also been available with an electric drive for a long time. The German car manufacturer BMW uses it for material transport .

YT203-H2 should be ready for the market soon

The Dutch company Zepp Solutions has equipped it with a fuel cell system. Terberg intends to bring the fuel cell version to market in the foreseeable future.

The vehicle has four tanks with a capacity of 150 liters each. It can store 14.4 kilograms of hydrogen. According to Zepp Solutions, this is enough for the terminal tractor to be used all day. The hydrogen is stored at a pressure of 350 bar – as is usual with commercial vehicles.

Terberg and Zepp collect data

YT203-H2 has been in test use in the United Waalhaven Terminals in Rotterdam since this month. During this time, Terberg and Zepp Solutions want to collect data in the company. Among other things, it will be about how the vehicle can be integrated into the work processes.

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The fuel vehicle should develop at least as much tractive power as the diesel-powered tractor units that are otherwise used. Otherwise it has to keep up with them in terms of performance. No pollutant emissions and low noise levels will hardly induce port operators to switch.

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