Remotely controlled electric ground vehicles for moving Iberia aircraft at Madrid and Barcelona airports

The silent tractors will each cut CO2 emissions by up to 23 tons while improving ramp safety and flight punctuality ©Iberia

Iberia Airport Services handling unit has deployed new “green pushback” tractors to move aircraft at Madrid and Barcelona airports. The emission-free electric vehicles are operated by remote control.

In late October, Iberia Airport Services will have eight of the new vehicles in Madrid and Barcelona, which are nearly silent, and each one will effectively cut annual CO2 emissions by some 23 tons. They operate more precisely than their predecessors, for greater safety on airport ramps and greater punctuality of flights by all client airlines at the two airports.

The new “Motok Spacer 8600” vehicles are powered by 80V batteries which enable them to move as many as 28 narrow-body aircraft between charges. This category includes all the Airbus A319s, A320s, and A321s in the short- and medium-range fleets of both Iberia and Vueling.

In the framework of the Iberia Airport Services’ Go Up! transformation program, the handling operator has replaced 80% of its ground vehicle fleet with more environmentally sustainable equipment, while also using more energy from renewable sources.

Iberia Maintenance is also using the new electric vehicles to move aircraft in the hangars where it inspects and services them at Madrid and Barcelona airports.  

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