Tiger GSE says it is “reducing the financial burden of electrification” with a new, “first-of-its-kind” conversion kit for tractors.
With an industry goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, airports worldwide are working toward a sustainable future, and electrifying ground support equipment (GSE) can make an immediate impact, says the manufacturer.
Its new Tiger Repower conversion kit will make it “fast, easy and cost-efficient to upcycle current tractors”. The new kit converts internal combustion engine (ICE) tow tractors to lithium-ion power, offering ground support operations a modern, clean and green way to bring new life to existing fleets.
The latest in electrification technology, Li-ion will help operations save thousands, cut carbon emissions and improve safety.
Keith Simon, CEO of Waev Inc., which supports Tiger brands, said: “Tiger Repower allows operators to achieve zero emissions in a single day. Maximising existing tractor investments with an easy-to-install conversion kit is something that airports, governments and ground support operations alike can stand behind.
“With Tiger Repower, we’re eliminating the reasons to not go electric by offering the benefits of Li-ion technology without a burdensome investment.”
Compared to a single internal combustion tractor emitting an average of 3,250kg of CO2 annually, an electric tow tractor emits zero CO2, helping reduce an airport’s overall pollution output and contribute to the aviation industry’s sustainability goals.
Tiger Repower removes barriers for electrification adoption by providing a Li-ion upgrade that costs up to 50 per cent less than purchasing a new tractor. Ongoing savings are further realised through zero powertrain maintenance and no fuel costs.
Tiger says its conversion kit is easy to install and can be completed in the shop or on the tarmac. Once the ICE powertrain is removed, the total installation takes eight to 12 hours with two people – electrifying the tow tractor with Li-ion power in just one day.
It will also enable smart vehicle technology not realised with petrol or diesel vehicles. A new anti-rollover feature enhances safety by limiting the vehicle’s speed while turning. Brake interlock forces the operator to be at a complete stop and the brake fully depressed before shifting to forward or reverse.
Onboard diagnostics help rapidly call attention to an issue so it can be addressed, further increasing productivity and safety for crews.
Li-ion-powered tow tractors minimise the need for infrastructure changes with an onboard charger compatible with traditional single-phase outlets and offboard charging compatibility with multiple DC fast chargers.
Flexible charging means Tiger Repower tow tractors can adapt to a wide range of infrastructure readiness without requiring heavy investment in new charging infrastructure. Tiger Repower can also be opportunity charged anytime for further flexibility.
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