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Keeping the world’s freight moving efficiently and with zero emissions: ZF-CeTrax for Terminal Tractors

  • The CeTrax electric drive generates zero local emissions at the depot
  • CeTrax is available as a system solution with drive control and inverter
  • First units are installed in Terberg YT203-EV electric terminal tractors and Terberg BC202-EV electric body carriers

Friedrichshafen. Terminal tractors are a vital component in a smooth logistics chain. They ensure that valuable loads find the right transport at the depot or other reloading points. Since this means moving containers and van trailers back and forth, the drivelines in these tractors must be powerful and respond reliably. ZF’s CeTrax central drive for electric vehicles offers manufacturers the right solution for every need. So impressed with the technology, Terberg, a long-standing ZF customer, has already integrated CeTrax in its YT203-EV electric terminal tractors and BC202-EV electric body carriers.

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Keeping the world’s freight moving efficiently and with zero emissions: ZF-CeTrax for Terminal Tractors

With the CeTrax electric central drive, ZF has introduced to the market a zero local emissions drive solution for depots and other logistics centers. CeTrax is built on a plug-and-drive approach. Mechanical integration into existing vehicle platforms can be done with minor changes to the chassis only. Axles, statics or differentials can be untouched. This allows ZF to work with manufacturers and retrofitters that want to switch from the existing conventional platforms to electrically-driven versions. CeTrax handles even the most challenging shuttle jobs and is released with a maximum output power of 300 kW. At the same time, the drive offers considerable weight advantages and an outstanding degree of efficiency. Since the scope of supply for the system includes drive control and inverters, manufacturers get an optimally tuned complete solution when it comes to performance, efficiency and service life. In addition, the electric central drive responds almost silently and even conforms to the legal noise parameters at night, ideal for operators who need to plan additional shifts at peak times.

The first CeTrax order was received from long-standing customer Terberg

Terberg has introduced their new generation of electric vehicles including the YT203-EV terminal tractor and the BC202-EV electric body carriers in February this year. The new vehicles are equipped with the CeTrax electric drive system. As Ronald van Zoelen, Engineering Manager at Terberg Benschop explains: “ZF and Terberg have been business partners for 50 years and working on the integration of CeTrax into our new generation of electric vehicles gave us the opportunity to deepen this long-term relationship. The lines with ZF engineering are short, which contributes to the most optimal coordination.”

The new vehicles have been tested extensively before they will go into series operation: Nap Transport tested the new Terberg fully electric body carrier at the DPD parcels site in Veenendaal (Netherlands) for several months early in 2020. Director Arjan Nap at Nap Transport: "We were very pleased with the electric Terberg body carrier. The fact that it is very quiet is highly appreciated, and all functions of the Terberg BC202-EV operate in the same way as on the diesel version. That is why we now prefer fully electric operation. The drivers really like it."

Four new YT203-EV will go into operation in early 2021 at Port of Helsingborg – the second largest container port in Sweden. The Swedish container specialist aims to create the most environment-friendly port in Scandinavia with these new terminal tractors.


Gernot Hein

Head of Communication & Public Affairs, Industrial Technology

+49 851 494-2480

Svenja Mayer

Head of Marketing and Communications, Marine & Special Driveline

+49 7541 77-2418