Linde develops electric counterbalance airport truck


Linde has a developed an electric counterbalance truck specifically for use at airports to transport cargo. The P250 electric tow tractor is modeled on the company’s E series of vehicles; not requiring an A-pillar, the counterbalance truck features an overhead guard of reinforced glass.

Designers of the vehicle sought to maximize visibility for operators of the truck, which has a towing capacity of 25 tons. With a chassis made of steel sheet that is several centimeters thick, the electronics are housed in a weatherproof casing and the hydraulic steering system is isolated from the operator’s cab to minimize vibration to ensure maximum comfort.

“The industrial trucks used at the airport must be reliable and flexible enough for a wide range of applications, from supplying shops to handling small baggage and a wide variety of other cargo types, as well as driving through narrow halls and operating on the apron,” said Alexander Schmidt, senior product manager, reach trucks and tractors, Linde Material Handling. “This is our particular strength.”

Linde’s P60 and P80 tow tractors are particularly well-suited for indoor logistics, for example, when used as baggage carts or for maintenance work, and are also capable of towing heavier trailers weighing 6-8 tons. The Linde W08 platform truck also features a large loading platform.

All of the compact, medium-sized and platform trucks are deliberately designed with a width of less than one meter and have a very small turning circle, which makes them suitable for all kinds of indoor tasks – for example, supplying shops and restaurants in the terminals, which have become a major business sector within airports.

September 22, 2017


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