by Tiana May
13 Feb 2023
Ground Support Equipment
Aviation services company, Menzies Aviation is piloting Mullen Automotive electric vans and Loop Global charging infrastructure across its operations at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to support its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2033.
Menzies currently operates 27,000 ground service equipment and vehicles at over 250 airports worldwide.
In line with its sustainability strategy, the company now aims to electrify this fleet where possible.
“Collaborating with suppliers, airports and our airline customers is absolutely vital for Menzies to achieve its sustainability goals.
“We have committed to switching to electric vehicles wherever possible to reduce our carbon emissions, however charging infrastructure can be a barrier so it’s great to be working with both Mullen and Loop to pilot a solution at LAX. Early feedback is positive and I’m looking forward to seeing the results from this collaboration.”
Menzies is conducting a 60-day pilot programme to evaluate Mullen Class 1 Electric Vehicle (EV) cargo vans as part of its LAX operations. These vans will be used for tasks such as transporting cabin cleaning teams to aircraft.
Throughout the pilot, Loop will provide Menzies with EV charging infrastructure and fleet operations software to support the deployment of the Mullen electric vans. These services are part of Loop’s electric vehicle fleet as-a-service (EVFaaS) programme.
For example, the Loop cloud-based Charger Management System (CMS) will allow Menzies to charge the electric vehicles between shifts to keep them powered for daily operations.
“The team at Loop is honoured to have this opportunity to deliver such a pioneering venture in collaboration with Mullen and Menzies. We hope this pilot at LAX is just a stepping stone in ushering in a new era of fleet electrification at airports throughout the world.”
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