WheelTug is a powerful new system capable of allowing aircraft to taxi both backwards and forwards without the use of tugs or engines.
Using two small proprietary in-wheel Chorus Meshcon motors, pilots can turn off their engines and realize the following benefits:
- Substantial fuel savings
- Increased safety and flexibility of operations
- Faster turnaround times
- Reduced engine wear and repair costs
- Reduced emissions and noise pollution
When aircraft taxi using their engines, they consume significant amounts of fuel.
A typical 737 will consume between 17 and 25 pounds/minute while idling. WheelTug, by requiring only APU power for taxiing purposes, can cut that fuel cost substantially. With a typical 737, fuel savings of between 13 and 21 pounds/minute of taxi time can be expected.
This not only saves fuel, it can cut the amount of fuel required for unexpected ground delays.
On typical short to medium-haul routes, these aircraft spend a significant percentage of their time on the ground – these savings can really add up.
WheelTug Ground Test at Prague Airport – June, 2012
WheelTug Ground Test, June 2012
WheelTug Presentation at Electric Vehicles Land, Sea & Air Usa 2012, March 2012
WheelTug System Overview
WheelTug Gate Simulation
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