Electric transport vehicles are employed more and more often at airports. Attention for the environment and the Occupational Health and Safety legislation ensures a growing demand for electric ground support equipment (GSE). Aside from airside applications, extensive use is made of electric vehicles for landside applications (maintenance, provisioning, trolley transport, etc).
A key success factor in handling an airplane is the time needed to transport cargo and/or baggage between the (cargo) terminal and the plane. The clock starts as soon as the plane has landed. The cargo and/or baggage must be transported as quickly as possible from the plane to the baggage department or cargo terminal.
On a European level, Spijkstaal studied the wishes relating to performance, ergonomics and operating costs in cooperation with a number of leading airlines. This research identified a need for:
- An ergonomic cabin with sliding doors and good view in all directions
- Better ventilation and heating in the cabin
- Better suspension to limit vibrations for the driver and to consequently increase comfort
- Higher speeds
- Increased battery capacity and the option of quickly exchanging batteries
- Increased driver safety
- Better performance in winter conditions
- Limiting repair costs due to damages to a minimum
In other words: ‘The ideal transport vehicle is comfortable, fast, safe, strong and flexible!’
Spijkstaal developed the Series 425 on the basis of these research findings. This vehicle is consequently extremely well-suited for use within the aviation industry.
Spijkstaal also supplies a range of compact three-wheeled tractors, with a towing capacity of up to 10 tonnes, for internal transport. Furthermore, in cooperation with partners, we have developed electric buses, toilet trucks and mobile offices.
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