The entire project is aimed at devising the quietest, most environmentally- and resource-friendly taxiing and towing of aircraft possible. Instead of using the engines that are optimised to a large extent for the flight, alternative concepts are taking centre stage.
Aircraft normally taxi into position using their own power after landing and to the runway before take-off. The engines used for this generate a significant portion of ground noise and emit pollutants through kerosene consumption. The auxiliary power unit of an airplane cannot provide the power necessary for taxiing and, like dieseloperated aircraft tugs, also consumes fuel and causes noise. Aircraft tugs with combustion engines are also used in bringing aircraft to other positions or to the hangar. At best this slightly lessens the problem. Electromobile taxiing and towing on the other hand, reduce fuel consumption, noise and pollutant emissions and thus offer a forward-looking alternative. The Institute of Flight Systems and Automatic Control (FSR) from the Technical University Darmstadt is scientifically accompanying the project.
In addition a homogenous charging infrastructure is to be developed in cooperation with the airport in order to facilitate broadest possible use through different vehicles and equipment and to promote the use of the technology.
The Lufthansa Group is aware of its responsibility in the development of environmentally-friendly technologies and actively advocates them.