Transitioning GSE Fleets to Electric

Insights on efficiently evolving GSE to the new electric-powered paradigm


While we are still in the infancy of this initiative, there has been nearly a decade of progress in North America. One of the first markers of the evolution was an electric ground support equipment roundtable held in 2000 by the Electric Power Research Institute in Sacramento, California. In fact, the state of California continues to be a major force in the changeover. As of 2009, it is requiring forklift fleet owners to maintain specified average emission levels per truck. It is logical to expect other states to follow suit.

A Jump-Start on Electric
The switchover to electric GSE is clearly underway and here to stay. Many voluntary incentives are available from state governments and the FAA. Starting the switch to electric technology for GSE demonstrates the airport’s commitment to a cleaner environment. It’s good public relations and good business, too.

Curtis Instruments is a manufacturer of motor control, instrumentation and power conversion products for electric vehicles. The company was established in 1960 and serves the worldwide vehicle OEM market.

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