DHL Express unveils mobile charging carts for ground support equipment

Source: DHL Express

DHL Express has unveiled a mobile charging cart that can be used to recharge electric ground support equipment.

The express firm has invested around $10m in the mobile charging technology that will be rolled out at select US airports.

“Mobile charging technology is a significant step forward in DHL’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and meeting ambitious sustainability goals in the coming years,” said Greg Hewitt, chief executive of DHL Express in the US.

“We’re looking at ways to be more sustainable and environmentally conscious across all aspects of our operation.”

The DHL Express operation at San Diego International Airport will be the first to roll out the charging carts in October.

It will then be introduced to three major airports where DHL Express has aviation operations: New York JFK, LA International and San Francisco International.

The cart is designed by JBT AeroTech and includes four to six chargers with two output charging cables each, for a total of eight to 12 charging connectors.

“By enabling multiple charging stations from a single-grid power source, these carts offer unparalleled flexibility, optimising the efficiency of electrical equipment operations at airports,” DHL Express said.

“The carts will also act as a backup system in the case of a power outage, allowing ground equipment to continue normal operations.”

The move comes as the company continues to invest in electric support equipment, including K-loaders, pushback tractors, belt loaders, baggage tugs and ground power units (GPU).

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]