The first prototype, capable of towing two fuel tankers, with a fuel capacity of 30 tons each, will be used at the Airbus industrial site in Toulouse, France.
Gaussin intends to use lithium-ion batteries from Saft (part of Total since 2016), although the press release does not reveal capacity.
"Saft will provide the lithium-ion batteries for this future fleet. The batteries will be entirely developed and manufactured at Saft’s facilities in Nersac and Bordeaux in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of France."
An electric aircraft refueller sounds like another perfect application for electric vehicles. Hopefully, the fleet of such vehicles will grow.
The press release suggests that Gaussin and Total might engage also in the development of other innovative vehicles.
Earlier this year, Gaussin deployed all-electric “shifters” - Gaussin Trailer and Swap Body Movers (TSBM) - for UPS in London, envisioned for autonomous mode, at some point in the future.
Aviation: Total and Gaussin Developing World's 1st Full Electric Aircraft Refueller Transporter
Paris / Héricourt – Gaussin and Total are jointly developing the world's first full electric ART FULL ELEC® (Aircraft Refueller Transporter). Planned for the Airbus industrial site in Toulouse, this prototype will be capable of towing two fuel tankers, with a fuel capacity of 30 tons each. Delivery is expected at the end of 2020.
This partnership between Gaussin and Total will be drawing on the 40 years of know-how of Saft (a subsidiary of Total) in designing and producing batteries for electric & hybrid commercial and industrial vehicles. Saft will provide the lithium-ion batteries for this future fleet. The batteries will be entirely developed and manufactured at Saft’s facilities in Nersac and Bordeaux in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of France.
This first firm order will enable Gaussin to expand its offering on the electric vehicles market and Total to provide a solution adapted to the refueling business. It also paves the way for the development of a fleet of innovative vehicles, specifically dedicated to aviation.
With this development, Total illustrates its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint on the airport platforms it supplies and operates, alongside its customers and partners. Together with society, Total shares the ambition of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 for all of its activities, from its production to the use of the energy products sold to its customers.