4 Reasons You Might Want To Consider An Electric Aircraft Tug

Electric tow tugs

While traditional diesel aircraft tugs have their place within most hangars, there is a second option that many airlines are now opting for: electric tow tugs. An electric aircraft tug has many advantages, as well as comparable features, over traditional tugs. While this option might not be right for everybody, we’re highlighting some reasons you might want to consider making the switch.

1. To Reduce Fuel And Maintenance Costs

If you compare fuel cost and electricity costs overall, electric tow tugs require less maintenance and cost less money over time. An electric aircraft tug doesn’t require the services and repairs that are common for diesel tow tug maintenance. These services and repair issues include:

  • Oil changes
  • Air filter changes
  • Universal joint maintenance
  • Tooth belt or head gasket replacement
  • Clutch and transmission related repairs

But keep in mind while electric tow tugs require less maintenance, it can sometimes be difficult to find replacement parts when maintenance is required. Diesel tow tugs, on the other hand, can be easier to fix because their engines are more common from a parts availability perspective.

2. To Contribute To Corporate Sustainability Efforts

Did you know that nearly 2 percent of global human emissions of carbon dioxide is emitted by airlines? In fact, the world’s air transport industry has put a goal in place of cutting this output in half by 2050. And that isn’t as far off as it may seem.

If sustainability is part of your company culture (which it should be), considering the use of a few electric aircraft tugs is a great start. An electric aircraft tug gives off zero emissions, so you’ll not only be cutting down on local pollution but you’ll also help eliminate any potential health hazards for your staff and area residents alike.

3. To Enhance Employee Satisfaction And Turnover Rates

You might be wondering how a simple aircraft tug can improve employee satisfaction and even decrease turnover.

An airport can be an extremely stressful environment to work in. On top of this, diesel tugs can pollute the work environment through both excessive dirt and noise. According to the World Health Association (WHO), constant exposure to noise pollution has the ability to disturb sleep, impact job performance, cause cardiovascular and psychophysiological effects, and provoke annoyance responses and changes in behavior. All of these factors can lead to employee discontent and high turnover rates at your airport or hangar.

An electric airplane tug, however, works silently and cleanly, reducing employees’ stress and improving their overall health. While you obviously can’t cut down on all pollution at an airport, every little bit helps.

4. To Improve Maneuverability And Mobility

There’s a key advantage to electric tow tugs that gets overlooked quite often. That advantage is their excellent maneuverability and overall mobility.

Since it’s emission-free, an electric airplane tug can be used safely on the tarmac and even inside any hangar. And thanks to its compact size and uninterrupted torque, an electric airplane tug can get into tight spots while maintaining highly precise and smooth movements.

Shop Eagle Tugs For Your New Electric Tow Tugs

If you’re looking to make the switch to electric or simply want to add a few electric tow tugs into your hangar fleet, Eagle Tugs can help. Browse our entire selection of aircraft tugs and request a quote today. Have a question or need more information? Reach out to our Eagle Tug representatives for assistance.

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