DP World has announced the arrival of the first ever all-electric terminal tractor at a British port.
The Terberg YT203-EV terminal tractor which is entering service at London Gateway will primarily be used for transporting goods on the two-mile distance from the quayside to a distribution facility at the adjacent logistics park.
DP World plans to make its entire fleet of 11 terminal tractors at London Gateway all-electric in the near future.
Ernst Schulze, UK Chief Executive at DP World, said: “We are delighted that Britain’s first all-electric terminal tractor is now in service at London Gateway port, as we continue to play our part in improving local air quality and helping the UK meet its target of delivering the Net Zero 2050 policy.
“We have a clear responsibility to reduce the impact of our operations and to offer customers solutions that support their own sustainability journeys. The close proximity of London Gateway to Europe’s largest consumer market gives us a natural advantage, while our investment in rail interconnectivity at both our hubs eases congestion on the roads, with the emphasis on rail across both our UK ports taking 300,000 trucks off the roads each year.”
Earlier this month DP World announced that its container terminal at Southampton had become the first in Britain to eliminate fossil diesel from its operations entirely. By transitioning to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) net carbon dioxide emissions have been cut by more than 80 per cent.
The £300 million sum which DP World is investing to build the new fourth berth at London Gateway – which could be 100 per cent electric when it is completed in 2024 – builds on the £2 billion investment DP World has made in Britain over the last decade.