Germany-based Trepel Airport Equipment unveiled a battery-powered aircraft tractor prototype in October during the International Airport Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Expo in Las Vegas.
The Challenger 150e is the first in the Trepel line of pushback aircraft tractors to be electrified, and initial production is under way in Germany. It is a variant of the diesel-fuelled Challenger 150, which handles narrowbodies (B-737s and A320s) as well as the B-767-200/300 at a maximum ramp weight of 160,000 kg.
In development since 2017, the Challenger 150e is the smallest Trepel pushback tractor model. Other vehicles include the Challenger 160, Challenger 280 (for mid-size pushback operations), Challenger 430, Challenger 550, and Challenger 700, which can handle pushback, repositioning, and maintenance towing of all widebody aircraft types, including a fully loaded A380.
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