efleet – Teaming up with Stuttgart Airport, VOLK tests green electric drives in baggage and cargo handling
Apart from the two VOLK tractors, other battery-driven vehicles were also used in the efleet project
The project objective was emission-free ground handling thanks to battery-driven vehicles
A strong double act: VOLK EFZ 80 N and VOLK EFZ 30 NT Ultra Long Range (ULR) at Stuttgart Airport
The findings were very positive. In everyday use, the two battery-powered VOLK tractors operated perfectly and fully met all requirements. When it came to baggage handling, they achieved ranges of up to 120 kilometers in regular use. Even on peak days, e.g. the start of the Easter break, the VOLK EFZ 30 NT ULR coped perfectly and without recharging. That means the vehicle represents an equal-value replacement for the hybrid tractors Stuttgart Airport has used for baggage handling in the past. Similarly, the VOLK EFZ 80 N met the challenges of cargo handling in every respect. An interesting finding in this connection was that drivers often preferred the battery vehicles over conventional, diesel tractors.
For these reasons, Stuttgart Airport decided to switch completely to electric vehicles from VOLK for baggage handling on the apron as from 2017. By the summer of 2017, no fewer than 18 VOLK tractors of type EFZ 30 NT ULR will be in operation there. They will be supplemented by 10 more electric tractors from the third-party handler Losch, which also relies on VOLK vehicles.
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