Electric airport vehicles
FLASH BATTERY LITHIUM BATTERIES FOR AIRPORT VEHICLES: ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND ELECTRIC TOW TRACTORS
With over 10,000 operating units, Charlatte Manutention is known all around the world as the main manufacturer of airport vehicles, including electric vehicles for luggage and goods transport, conveyor belt loaders and aircraft pushback vehicles.
As explained in a previous article, 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.
They came into contact with Flash Battery lithium technology through Mica Conseils, which has become our French partner down the years.
The main goal was to equip the 25-tonne T.135 vehicle, which had a lead-acid battery at the time, with a battery that could better meet the needs of a venue such as Charles de Gaulle airport (Paris).
It is always the same in every airport around the world: everything is always moving! GSE vehicles (Ground Support Equipment) and any other vehicle that drives around airports, whether transporting luggage or passengers, require the most efficient performance.
A continuous work cycle, no maintenance and a fast charge: these were the starting points to build a fully customised 80V/400Ah lithium battery for the Charlatte electric airport vehicle.
The partial charging allowed by the Flash Battery lithium battery extends the battery life, increasing the usable daily power, and guarantees full shifts without the need to charge the vehicle for hours on end. Flash Battery fast charging can charge 50% in just 30 minutes.
The Flash Battery electronic balancing system keeps battery performance balanced, so that regular maintenance is completely eliminated. If special maintenance is required, the battery’s internal architecture and high-power balancing enable personnel to service the unit directly on-site, which reduces the time and cost of machine downtime.
A Flash Battery lithium battery is 3 times lighter than a lead-acid battery, which significantly reduces the weight of an electric vehicle equipped with Flash Battery lithium technology.
Charlatte was already familiar with lithium technology when we approached Flash Battery. Flash Battery offers our customers maximum flexibility, with zero-maintenance lithium batteries suited to different applications, and allows our machinery to work even in extreme temperature conditions. Furthermore, the remote control system lets our end customers continuously prevent potential problems and unexpected downtime with the vehicle. Compared with lead-acid batteries, Flash Battery lithium batteries do not deteriorate and keep the same characteristics. 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, which was why we chose them as our partner. 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.