The Industry’s Interest in eGSE Continues to Build

March 12, 2024
Data collected in the 2024 Ground Support Worldwide eGSE Report highlights electric equipment’s viability as the ground handling sector sets sights on environmental goals.

While the vast majority of the current ground support equipment (GSE) fleet is powered by traditional fossil fuels, like diesel and gasoline, participants of Ground Support Worldwide’s recent electric GSE (eGSE) research survey declared their intention to transition to more electric equipment soon.

Nearly 70 percent of those surveyed indicated they intend to invest in eGSE. Approximately 65 percent of survey participants intend to adopt eGSE in the next five years while another 20 percent intend to adopt eGSE in the next 6-10 years.

The eGSE research shows a clear opinion that eGSE is considered a long-term solution for ground handling operations. Almost 80 percent of those surveyed indicated eGSE is moderately viable or extremely viable for ground handling’s future. More than 50 percent of survey participants said they foresee eGSE adoption gradually growing and another 21 percent say eGSE adoption is rapidly growing.

Sustainability initiatives and industry regulations/mandates are the top drivers for eGSE adoption, according to the survey. Additionally, new technology, safety features and total cost of ownership are incentivizing eGSE adoption.

However, the initial cost for electric GSE coupled and budget constraints are hindering more eGSE adoption. More than 70 percent of survey participants indicate charging infrastructure is lacking.

Overall interest in electric ground support equipment is growing and the rate of adoption is reflects that. But given the sheer size of the diesel GSE fleet globally, it will take time for eGSE to become the norm. Versatile charging solutions and infrastructure investments will also be crucial for the industry to further transition away from fossil fuels.

A detailed report of the 2024 Ground Support Worldwide eGSE Report can be accessed at