Airport ground support equipment – fuel trucks, tugs, container loaders, catering vehicles, etc – is a prime candidate for electrification, and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport has taken a major step in this direction.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced a switch
to electric ground service equipment at JFK’s Terminal 5. The New York Power
Authority, in partnership with JetBlue and the Port Authority of New York and
New Jersey, has completed the installation of 38 charging hubs with 118
charging ports at the terminal.
JetBlue will convert its fleet of 118 baggage tugs and belt
loaders to electric power, a change that’s expected to save 200,000 gallons of
fuel, and four million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, per year.
A $4-million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) program provided 75 percent of the total $5.3-million cost of the charging hubs. NYPA provided $200,000 in funding, and JetBlue contributed $1.1 million.
In October 2018, the Port Authority became the first US
transportation agency to embrace the Paris Climate Agreement, and identified 12
concrete action items to achieve those goals, known as the “clean dozen.” The
Port Authority’s airports – JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty – are moving
toward all-electric shuttle bus fleets, and a community solar power plan at JFK
has been finalized.
“New York is committed to delivering a new, world-class JFK
airport that not only incorporates best-in-class technological advancements and
passenger amenities but also reduces our carbon footprint,” Governor Cuomo
said. “By electrifying JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at JFK airport we are advancing our
nation-leading climate goals and taking a significant step towards solidifying
JFK as a modern gateway to the world.”
Source: New York Power Authority