Airservices Australia invests in hybrid electric vehicles for Western Sydney International Airport

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Airservices Australia’s new addition: Electric Vehicles

Airservices Australia has confirmed the purchase of four hybrid electric vehicles from Oshkosh Airport Products for deployment at the upcoming Western Sydney International Airport (WSI).

The acquisition aims to bolster the sustainable infrastructure initiatives at the new facility, which is slated to commence operations in 2026.

Environmentally-friendly features

The vehicles, known as Striker Volterra 6×6, incorporate an innovative hybrid-electric drivetrain.

This system offers the capability for zero-emission operation using the integrated onboard batteries.

Furthermore, it can seamlessly combine with the internal combustion engine to ensure consistent power supply for both pumping and drive systems.

Why WSI’s choice of electric vehicles matters

The development of WSI represents a significant step towards fostering economic growth, creating local jobs, adhering to carbon-neutral sustainability targets, and accommodating the escalating aviation demands in the Sydney region.

Recognised as a government-backed endeavour, Airservices Australia is heavily investing in shaping WSI as an “airport of the future”.

This vision is grounded in the introduction of pioneering technologies, unique architectural designs, and an eco-conscious strategy.

This includes the integration of assets like the Striker Volterra hybrid electric vehicles.

Dave Archer, Vice President of Engineering for Oshkosh Vocational, commented: “WSI is more than just an airport; it epitomises the aspiration for a greener tomorrow.

“The Striker Volterra vehicles, with their cutting-edge electric technology, perfectly resonate with the objectives set by Airservices Australia and WSI.

“These vehicles serve dual purposes – enhancing emergency response and advancing environmental sustainability agendas.”

Specifications and performance

WSI’s new fleet will incorporate modern modular cab designs and all-wheel independent suspension.

Each vehicle is equipped with an 11,356-litre water tank, a 1,590-litre foam tank, and a robust 7,570 lpm water pump.

Additionally, they feature a 250 kg dry chemical powder system.

Notably, the Striker Volterra vehicles can accelerate from 0 to 80 kph in less than 25 seconds, indicating a 28 percent surge in acceleration compared to traditional diesel counterparts when fully laden.

Archer further stated: “Our collaboration with Airservices Australia underlines the aviation sector’s dedication to eco-friendly initiatives.

“We are devoted to fostering this partnership, offering top-tier training, smooth onboarding, and continuous service assistance, ensuring these vehicles surpass the demands of ARFF teams.”

In embracing state-of-the-art technologies like the Striker Volterra hybrid electric vehicles, WSI is poised to demonstrate the viability of minimising carbon footprint and is setting a benchmark for global airports.

For additional details on Oshkosh Airport Products and the Striker Volterra vehicles, click here.

IFSJ Comment

The commitment of Airservices Australia to invest in hybrid electric vehicles for Western Sydney International Airport is a testament to the global shift towards sustainable airport operations.

With increasing concerns about carbon emissions, this move sets a benchmark for other airports around the world.

The Striker Volterra vehicles, renowned for their efficiency and eco-friendly features, highlight the evolving dynamics of fire and safety in the aviation sector.

The collaborative efforts between Airservices Australia and Oshkosh Airport Products further underscore the emphasis on not just integrating technology but ensuring its effective and safe implementation in critical mission scenarios.

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