First Fully Electric Shunt Truck in Canada Delivered to Loblaw

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First Fully Electric Shunt Truck in Canada Delivered to Loblaw

PUBLISHED: 11-08-2019
MEDIATYPE: Articles
TAGS: Shunt truck, Canada, Loblaw, Train Trailer

Terberg distributor Train Trailer delivered an electric Terberg YT202-EV yard tractor (shunt truck) to food and pharmacy leader Loblaw in Canada. It is the first fully electric shunt truck in Canada.

“Train Trailer is very excited to bring an electric vehicle to North America,” said James Currier, national sales manager for Train Trailer. “We’ve been pushing Terberg to allow us access to one, not an easy task given the demand from their European customers.


James Currier, National Accounts Manager at Train Trailer and Wayne Scott from Loblaws

Shunt truck or Yard Tractor applications are seen as ideal for electrification, because they usually don’t travel far from their home base, where charging stations are located. Their frequent starts and stops provide regenerative braking opportunities and they can usually be charged between work shifts.

Train Trailer chose to work with Loblaw, as it has several distribution centers across Canada where the unit can be tested. The Canadian climate is sometimes unforgiving. As this is a new product in the Canadian market, they want to be able to test it in several different environments. Partnering with a company like Loblaw allows Train Trailer to find the resources and dedicate the time necessary in order to test all sorts of different attributes and functionalities.

When the shunt truck is deployed, Train Trailer will work closely with Loblaw to monitor its performance. “It’s very much a hand-in-hand partnership,” Currier noted. “We want to be able to start putting electric vehicles out to a large portion of shunt truck users within Canada, and ideally eventually all of North America, but in order to do that somebody has to go first.”

A second generation Terberg electric yard tractor is currently in development, and once it’s released, Train Trailer plans to bring them over in larger quantities. James: ”We see the interest in the technology is steadily increasing and the demand for electric vehicles is rising.”