JUST LIKE THE AUTOMOTIVE AND LOGISTICS INDUSTRIES BEFORE IT, THE FUTURE OF ALL GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT IS ALSO SET TO CONVERT TO ELECTRICITY
The decision to switch from conventional batteries to new lithium accumulators for airport electric vehicles was made due to the need to improve vehicles’ performance, while minimising maintenance costs and therefore increasing their flexibility of use.
The introduction of lithium technology and, in particular, Flash Battery lithium batteries, is a revolution for the entire Ground Equipment sector
Why will airports of the future only use lithium technology?
The global trend in the Ground Support Equipment (GSE) sector shows the need to improve the efficiency of modern equipment and ground support vehicles at airports all around the world.
In fact, various studies have shown how traditional diesel vehicles or ones with lead-acid batteries will soon be completely replaced in airports with electric vehicles powered by lithium batteries.
Just like the automotive and logistics industries before it, in the future the world of airport transport – and more specifically all items of Ground Support Equipment – is set to convert to electricity.
The Ground Support Equipment powered with traditional lead acid batteries take 8 to 10 hours to perform a full charge with a significant impact on the efficiency of the vehicle, resulting in long machine stops.
Conventional lead-acid batteries do not allow fast or partial charging, and they will deteriorate over time if they are charged this way. Their use is not permitted to avoid a drastic reduction in their battery life. While thanks to their fast charging capacity, by using Flash Battery lithium batteries, the fleet of machines used at the airport benefits from highly flexible use.
But how long does it take to charge a Flash Battery lithium battery?
Comparison between Lead acid/Traditional Lithium/Flash Battery Lithium
Lead-acid batteries or standard lithium batteries do not have a remote-control system therefore, in case of anomalies and/or faults, it is not possible to avoid machine downtime.
Another aspect to consider, and which highlights the superiority of the lithium battery system designed by Flash Battery, involves the circumstances of its use. In fact, in extreme climate conditions, normal lithium batteries might not perform as well and you could therefore see a drop in efficiency in their vehicles.
Charlatte Manutention chooses the battery of the future designed by Flash Battery
This collaboration began in early 2014, when Charlatte Manutention, one of the biggest manufacturers of electric vehicles in the world, decided to rely on Flash Battery technology for the production of its airport vehicles.
The first thing they needed was to eliminate the causes of machine downtime linked to the use of lead-acid batteries and to the continuous maintenance operations which they required.
Just like the automotive and logistics industries before it, the future of airport transport and airport electric vehicles is also therefore set to convert to electricity. Once again, Flash Battery lithium batteries will be a leading player in this green revolution and will help take a step forward towards greater sustainability.
When we approached Flash Battery, Charlatte was already familiar with lithium technology. It’s easy to see why we chose Flash Battery: it offers our customers maximum flexibility, with zero-maintenance batteries suited to different applications, and allows our machinery to work even in extreme temperature conditions. Its remote control system also lets our end customers constantly check that their accumulators are running properly and prevents potential problems and unexpected downtime with the vehicle. Last but not least, unlike conventional lead-acid batteries, Flash Battery lithium batteries do not deteriorate and keep the same characteristics over time. Alongside their attractive business offer, Flash Battery proved to be a fully transparent partner in terms of their technical expertise and knowledge right from the outset. This was also a decisive factor when we chose to start our partnership. What’s more, Flash Battery has shown great flexibility in adapting their products to our machines and to various applications. Their products are smart and I believe there is room for potential growth in this market
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This months Airport Industry Review headlights are focused on lithium technology, in particular on why will next generation airport only have this technology?