When American Airlines replaced all of its Ground Service Equipment (GSE) fleet at El Pas International Airport with electric vehicles it marked a big step in its $400 million overall replacement plan. According to American, this is also the first time that an airline in the US has made a full switch to electric vehicles at an airport within a serious clean air quality non-attainment area.
At the end of the replacement program, American will have retired more than 80 percent of its fossil fuel GSE fleet and switched to electric. In addition to reduced vehicle exhaust levels, the electric GSE fleet will reduce fossil fuel usage and noise emissions. American also implemented a series of innovative new battery-charging techniques that have helped the airline reduce the energy consumption of its GSE fleet by up to 60 percent. As a result, the power drain on El Paso's electric resources will also be substantially reduced.
"American Airlines is proud to spearhead the airline industry's development of alternative fuel programs such as electric-powered GSE," said Tim Ahern, vice president of American's environmental department. "Not only are we satisfying a commitment to our customers and shareholders to operate in the safest, most efficient manner possible, but we are also maintaining our firm desire to preserve and protect the environmental needs of the communities we serve."
Written by: American Airlines
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