Christoph Lindke (CEO Skytanking), Julia Esterer (CEO Esterer), Franziska Cusumano (CEO Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks), Winfried Hermann (Minister of Transport, Baden-Württemberg), Ulrich Heppe (CEO Airport Stuttgart)from left: Christoph Lindke (CEO Skytanking), Julia Esterer (Geschäftsführerin Esterer), Franziska Cusumano (Leiterin Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks), Winfried Hermann (Verkehrsminister Ba-Wü), Ulrich Heppe (CEO Flughafen Stuttgart)

  • Daimler Trucks reports Surge in Zero-Emission Vehicle Sales: Notably, sales of zero-emission trucks and buses soared to 3,443 units, marking a 277% increase from the previous year (914 units).

Leinfelden-Echterdingen/Stuttgart, Germany ** – A step towards greener Airports: Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks Friday said it handed over a pioneering all-electric refueling vehicle, based on the Mercedes-Benz eEconic model, at Stuttgart Airport.

This vehicle, utilized by Skytanking, represents a significant advancement in airport ground handling and environmental sustainability. The company Esterer has equipped it with electrically operated 40.000-liter refueling technology, which draws the energy for driving the pump directly from the vehicle batteries.

As a low-floor truck with a total height of less than 2.80 meters, the eEconic can easily maneuver under aircraft wings, facilitating efficient under-wing refueling.This initiative by Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks and Skytanking at Stuttgart Airport is a significant leap towards reducing the environmental impact of airport operations.

The adoption of electric vehicles in key operational roles like refueling is a testament to the aviation industry’s commitment to sustainability. Daimler Trucks reported earlier Friday, that sales in Zero-Emission Vehicle Sales are rising: Total sales of zero-emission trucks and buses in 2023 soared to 3,443 units, marking a 277% increase from the previous year (914 units).

Impact on Ground Handling Operations

The deployment of the all-electric refueling vehicle is expected to revolutionize ground handling operations at airports. Its eco-friendly design and operational efficiency set a new standard for airport services globally, potentially influencing future developments in airport logistics and environmental responsibility.

By Lisa Luckas

Lisa Luckas is a Sr. Business News Editor at Nobot.News.

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