BYD (Build Your Dreams), a manufacturer of battery and zero-emission vehicles, unveiled two new electric tow tractor models, or tugs. The tugs are ideal for airport ground support equipment needs, including tarmacs and supporting aviation logistic centers and facilities.
BYD tugs offer greater energy and productivity efficiencies as well as lower operating costs and easier maintenance compared to its diesel, gas, or lead acid battery counterparts, according to the company. With a 25-ton towing capacity, BYD’s T250 rear cabin tug, and the T250F forward cabin tug are 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. The average tug can fully charge in two hours with limitless charging opportunities. In addition, where lead acid batteries’ performance drops off as it runs low on charge or in cold weather, BYD’s batteries allow for constant, reliable power regardless of remaining charge, BYD stated. The batteries are non-toxic and come with a 10-year warranty.
Developed for indoor or outdoor use, the tug design includes weather-proof dual 3-phase 80V AC brushless motors.