U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Vehicle Technologies Office – Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity
Airport Ground Support Equipment
The Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity tests electric ground support equipment for airports, such as baggage handling trucks, plane push-back tugs, cargo conveyors, and tow tractors.
Electric Ground Support Equipment (eGSE) Cost Benefit Analysis Modeling Tool
This modeling tool supports the analysis of deploying eGSE versus internal combustion engine (ICE) ground support equipment at airports. Electric and ICE baggage tractors, belt loaders, pushback tractors, and infrastructure were analyzed at two airports on the west coast, one in the midwest, and one in the northeast. Based on data collected from these locations, a model was developed as a tool for this project and for use by the general airline industry, electric utilities, and other interested stakeholders. The results and the cost model operating guide can be found in the Cost Benefit Analysis Report available below. The analysis and model development were performed by Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation in the course of performing work sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity, Electric Power Research Institute, Southern California Edison Company, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Southwest Airlines, Georgia Power Company, and Delta Airlines.
Cost Benefit Analysis Modeling Tool for Electric vs. ICE Airport Ground Support Equipment - Development and Results
Downloading the Modeling Tool
The Modeling Tool can be downloaded from the Idaho National Laboratory.