The electric WheelTug unit needs only four pounds of fuel per minute by using the aircraft's auxiliary power unit (APU), representing an 80 percent reduction in ground operation fuel consumption.
Air Transport World today announced the winner of its Second ATW 2013 Eco-Technology of the Year Award. The ATW award text reads:
Eco-Technology of the Year: The innovative WheelTug electric drive system uses high-performance electric motors, installed in the nose gear wheels of an aircraft, to provide full mobility on the ground without the use of the aircraft's jet engines or tugs for pushback and taxi operations.
The electric WheelTug unit needs only four pounds of fuel per minute by using the aircraft's auxiliary power unit (APU), representing an 80 percent reduction in ground operation fuel consumption. In addition to lower ground operation fuel consumption, other benefits of the WheelTug aircraft drive systems include substantially reduced carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.
Editors noted that WheelTug has placed something on the market that is ahead of the competition and uses a business model that makes benefits of the system measurable. The proof is in the customer list, with 573 delivery slots reserved by 11 airlines from Europe, America, the Middle East and the Far East by June 2013.
Isaiah Cox, CEO of WheelTug, said, "WheelTug is proud to have won this award. It speaks to the transformative nature of our technology and the environmental and technological leadership of our partner companies and airline customers. We have been working hard to bring our technology to the market so the aviation industry, including the flying public, can enjoy its multiple benefits as soon as possible."
About WheelTug plc
WheelTug plc is a Gibraltar Corporation. A full listing of WheelTug partner companies and airline customers is on the company's website at http://www.wheeltug.gi.
For more information:
Jan Vana , Director, WheelTug plc
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