Long Beach Airport and Electric Transportation Engineering Company (eTec), a wholly-owned subsidiary of ECOtality, Inc., have completed the installation of five Dual Port SuperCharge systems at Long Beach Airport. The five stations will be used to recharge a fleet of electric baggage tractors and belt loaders that service JetBlue and US Airways.
Able to charge up to 40 electric ground support vehicles, the SuperCharge installation provides the infrastructure for Long Beach Airport to transition its ground support equipment from gasoline- and diesel-powered equipment to pure electric powered systems. By reducing its dependence on gasoline, the airport will cut fueling costs, while significantly reducing noise and air pollution. The City of Long Beach received funding from the California Air Resources Board for the installation.
According to a February 2007 report published by ETEC and the US Department of Energy, use of electric ground support equipment can reduce annual fueling costs by 70 to 80% and reduce total operating costs by 30 to 40% when compared to internal combustion engine ground support equipment that operates on gasoline or diesel fuel. Currently installed in 13 major airports in North America, there are more than 300 eTec SuperCharge systems in daily operation that service more than 1,000 pieces of electric ground support equipment.