Akasol is a battery system manufacturer, Goldhofer a manufacturer of heavy and specialized transport vehicles. The two German companies are working together to power aircraft pushback tractor ‘Phoenix’ E manufactured by Goldhofer by means of Akasol’s high-performance battery system AKASystem 15 OEM PRC 50. The electrified aircraft tow tractor with a 220 kW electric drive can effortlessly tow wide-body aircraft with a take-off weight of up to 352 tons and reaches speeds of up to 32 km/h.

Akasol AKASystem for Goldhofer tow tractor

The AKASystem 15 OEM PRC 50 lithium-ion battery system from Akasol, which is now part of the BorgWarner Group, provides the necessary energy in a modular battery concept with capacities of 66, 99, 132 and up to 165 kWh. The scalable battery system is liquid cooled, extremely robust, complies with IP67 and is certified according to ECE-R100, ECE-R10, DNV-GL and thus meets the highest safety requirements.

The towbarless aircraft tractor ‘Phoenix’ E can be charged at all common DC and AC charging stations with up to 150 kW (DC). The standard plugs CCS Type 1, CCS Type 2, CHAdeMO and GB/T can be used. Using fast-charging technology, the vehicle can be charged from 20 to 80 percent in as little as 30 minutes. With the highest battery capacity of 165 kWh, about 15 pushbacks are possible without interruption with the electrified aircraft tractor when using 80 percent of the capacity.

«The powerful lithium-ion battery systems from AKASOL»

The performance of our aircraft tractor ‘Phoenix’ E includes the same towing capacity and the identical, enormously wide range of aircraft as the previous diesel variants. This is due in particular to the powerful lithium-ion battery systems from AKASOL. The switch to electrified propulsion is therefore possible without hesitation and thus enables emission-free operation. We are very pleased to now deliver our successful model ‘Phoenix’ E also in series with electric drive“, said Lothar Holder, Member of the Board and Head of Airport Technology at Goldhofer.

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