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Electric ground support equipment at airports

Deploying new electric GSE (eGSE) technologies is a promising opportunity in part because the purchasers are generally large, technologically sophisticated airlines, contractors, or airports with centralized procurement and maintenance departments. GSE can be particularly well-suited for electrification because it benefits from low-end torque and has frequent start/stops, idle time, and short required ranges. 

Six of the most common pieces of GSE already have electric options available, as shown in list below.

  • Pushbacks
  • Belt loaders
  • Container loaders
  • Luggage tugs
  • Lavatory trucks
  • Water trucks