World Fuel converts refuelling trucks to run on electricity

World Fuel Services has converted its diesel-powered refuelling trucks into all-electric vehicles, which are delivering Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at Toulon Hyères Airport.

The redesigned all-electric vehicles are distributing the Neste SAF made available to business and commercial operators at Toulon airport.

Developing Toulon airport’s decarbonisation plan, World Fuel sought to lower the carbon intensity of fuelling operations by converting the diesel-powered vehicles rather than buying new electric ones to avoid the waste associated with disposing of the existing trucks.

The fully electric trucks have an electric drive train and integrated pumping capability eliminate carbon emissions during aircraft refuelling.

The airport will benefit from easier maintenance due to the all-electric drive train and fast retrofit to reduce downtime.

As a further commitment to sustainability, World Kinect Energy Services, World Fuel’s sustainability division, has installed solar panels on top of the airport’s fuelling office.

Duncan Storey, Vice President, Supply Aviation Europe at World Fuel Services, said: “Our shared vision of a sustainable future has propelled us to expand our traditional services beyond renewables such as SAF, solar, and electricity into developing sustainable equipment for airport operations through electrifying traditionally carbon-intensive refuelling vehicles.”

Basma Jarbouai, Director of Toulon Hyères Airport, added: “The addition of this new SAF offering and electrification of our refuelling operations in collaboration with World Fuel demonstrates VINCI Airports' commitment to decarbonising air transport and sustainable mobility. The availability of biofuels for all our customers at Toulon Hyères Airport is the crossing of an important milestone that will allow them to operate in ever more environmentally friendly conditions.”

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