An electric vehicle full of kerosene

Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks has handed over an all-electric refuelling vehicle based on Mercedes-Benz eEconic at Stuttgart Airport. Service provider Skytanking will use it to fill the tanks of aeroplanes with kerosene.

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The manufacturer worked with tank body specialist Esterer on the design. The latter fitted the electric truck with a 40.000-litre refuelling tank. The energy for the refuelling pump comes directly from the vehicle’s batteries, Mercedes explains in its press release.

“The development of a high-performance commercial vehicle with a total weight of over 50 tons was a special challenge for us,” explains Julia Esterer, Managing Director of Esterer GmbH. “The selection of the right components was decisive in order to achieve optimum performance at the interface to the high-voltage technology. Today, we can present a comprehensive solution that is forward-looking, both economically and environmentally.”

The Mercedes-Benz eEconic is a low-floor truck that is less than 2.8 metres high. It thus fits under the wing of an aeroplane. According to the OEM, the cab design also gives the driver “unobstructed visibility.”

It is fitted with two electric motors, generating up to 330 kW of continuous power. Moreover, the vehicle can be charged with up to 160 kW. According to the press release, the EV at Stuttgart Airport needs to be charged for one hour a day, providing the battery with enough energy ” for the vehicle and tank body to be used for ground handling operations without charging interruptions.”

The all-electric refuelling vehicle will serve as a test vehicle in the finalize! project, a component of Stuttgart Airport’s climate strategy STRzero. The airport wants to reduce its direct greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2040.

“We are delighted that our locally CO2-neutral eEconic is in demand for an increasing number of applications and is now being used with a tank body for the first time,” Franziska Cusumano, Head of Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks. “As an all-electric truck, it will help reduce emissions in ground handling operations at Stuttgart Airport.”


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