Prototype aircraft tow tractor on trial

(Photo: Danfos Editron)

A prototype of a fully electric aircraft pushback tractor is currently undergoing testing in Thailand.

The new vehicle, designated the F1-340E, was manufactured by Panus Assembly and is powered by Danfoss Editron. It has a continuous power rating of 100kW, with a maximum power of 200kW and speed of 4,000rpm.

The project is part of the ongoing trend to introduce electric solutions to the aviation industry to reduce the level of global greenhouse gas emissions. The manufacturer calculated that 60 of the machines entering operation will save approximately 6,000 tonnes of CO2 annually compared to current diesel alternatives.