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Product Profile
Goldhofer's Emission-free
Towbarless Tractor
The PHOENIX E was designed to match the performance
of the company's fourth-generation diesel model.
BY REBECCA KANABLE
G
oldhofer delivered its first
PHOENIX E, an electric towbarless
aircraft tractor, to
Lufthansa LEOS, at Frankfort Airport in
December 2021. A couple of years prior,
a prototype of the PHOENIX E was
unveiled at inter airport Europe 2019.
" The challenge for the Goldhofer engineers
was to develop and produce an
electric version to match the existing
diesel tractor in performance, design and
handling, " says RĂ¼diger Dube, head of
product management.
The challenge was met using Goldhofer's
tried-and-tested IonMaster Technology,
a 700V lithium-ion battery system
with active thermal management.
The PHOENIX (AST-2), representing
the company's fourth generation of towbarless
tow tractors and introduced in
2015, is considered the flagship among
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Goldhofer's tow tractor fleet. The versatile
tractor meets the requirements in
pushback and long-distance towing for
the full range of today's aircraft with a
maximum take-off weight of 352 tons.
The flagship is capable of handling passenger
and cargo aircraft on the market
from the ERJ170 to the B777. With a 220
kW direct drive, towing speeds for maintenance
tows are up to 32 km/h.
Sustainability
The PHOENIX E, the electric version of
the PHOENIX tractor, caught the attention
of the German Sustainability Award
Foundation, which listed the all-electric
tractor as a finalist for the 2021 German
Sustainability Award.
At Goldhofer, sustainability is a focus
for not only products but for all business
areas and activities, according to Dube.
" This applies not only to the quality of
our durable and highly efficient products
and solutions, but also to the manufacturing
processes themselves and to our
services such as training, maintenance
and repair, " Dube says.
" Goldhofer offers purely battery-electric
alternatives for the new generation
of aircraft tow tractors in the Airport
Technology product portfolio. In addition
to the PHOENIX E towbarless tractor, this
also includes the conventional aircraft
tractor BISON E and our cargo tractor
SHERPA E. So zero-emission ground support
on the airport apron is now a reality, "
he continues.
" At the same time, we are committed
to sustainability with regard to the
services we provide. A rapid response
- through our local facilities and agents
around the world and our web store in

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Support for Air Cargo
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Perishable Cargo in the Pandemic Age
Autonomous Vehicles Gaining Traction in Ground Support
Goldhofer's Emission-free Towbarless Tractor
Product Hangar
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march2022 - Autonomous Vehicles Gaining Traction in Ground Support
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