BYD Unveils New Airport GSE Tow Tractor Models

Oct. 19, 2018
Using BYD’s proprietary iron-phosphate battery technology, the tugs are equipped with a fast charger integrated to the tractor, making the charging process easier and cleaner.

Los Angeles, CA (October 15, 2018)  - BYD (Build Your Dreams), a world leader and pioneer in battery and zero-emission vehicles, unveiled two new electric tow tractor models, or tugs, this month. The tugs are ideal for airport ground support equipment (GSE) needs including tarmacs and supporting aviation logistic centers and facilities, and also allow for rapid, restriction free charging.

BYD tugs offer greater energy and productivity efficiencies as well as lower operating costs and easier maintenance, as compared to its diesel, gas or lead acid battery counterparts. With a 25-ton towing capacity, BYD’s T250, rear cabin tug, and the T250F, forward cabin tug, are well designed, heavy duty solutions for both luggage transport and towing of regional jets. Using BYD’s proprietary iron-phosphate battery technology, the tugs are equipped with a fast charger integrated to the tractor, making the charging process easy and clean.

“These tugs are a tremendous opportunity to help transform the high pressure, high-duty cycle operations with customers requiring around the clock up-time,” said Brian Rippie, BYD’s Director of Material Handing. “We have already delivered forklifts to Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines.”

Enhancing efficiency and safety in the workplace, the average BYD tug can fully charge in two hours with limitless charging opportunities, allowing operators 24/7 availability. In addition, where lead acid batteries’ performance drops off as it runs low on charge or in cold weather, BYD’s innovative batteries allow for constant, reliable power regardless of remaining charge. Withstanding the harshest working environment, BYD’s battery is non-toxic, environmentally-friendly, and the safest, most reliable on the market with an unbeatable 10-year warranty.

The world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and batteries, BYD has the only truly integrated tug product, providing the chassis, battery, and charger from one source. Developed for indoor or outdoor use, the tug design includes weather proof dual 3-phase 80V AC brushless motors which produce the high power and torque that allow these tug models greater serviceability.

BYD’s Material Handling practice includes five (5) class 1, sit-down counter balance forklifts and now, three (3) tug products - one 5-ton and the two new 25-ton models. The BYD North American Material Handling practice began operations in the summer of 2015, delivering pilot forklifts to the Port of Los Angeles. Now, operations have grown to 20+ dealers covering 42 North American markets with deliveries to more than 200 customers, which include fleet customers like PepsiCo, Armstrong Flooring and Whirlpool. With a mission of “Forklifts Simplified,” the practice is rapidly expanding to meet customer demand for clean energy, battery-electric heavy-duty truck options.

BYD has invested more than $250 million in North America including the firm’s massive 550,000- square-foot manufacturing plant floor and warehouse in the city of Lancaster, California. The manufacturing plant has grown from 106,000-square-feet and a workforce of a few dozen in 2013 to a facility that now covers more than a half million square feet and employs more than 820 workers. The firm is the only electric vehicle manufacturer in the U.S. to have an all-union workforce, and an exceptionally diverse team comprised of 85% minority employees.

“BYD continues to grow our North American practice, and meet the increasing client demand for quality electric transportation, especially in the heavy-duty truck and vehicle industry,” said Stella Li, President of BYD. “Our model proves that going green can be good for the economy, good for workers and good for America.”