Airports are increasingly interested in electrifying the airport-owned/operated fleets as well as encouraging the use of electric vehicles among passengers, employees, and ground transportation companies. Yet airport planners have few resources to help them effectively plan for this growth.
For the airport-owned/operated fleet, staff need tools and frameworks to ensure they follow an efficient, cost-effective approach that leverages external funding and partnerships when electrifying their fleet. Airports also need guidelines on how to forecast electric vehicle activity and facility requirements for airport passengers, employees, and ground transportation companies to ensure facilities are correctly sized, located, and priced. Lastly, practitioners need to be able to consider overall airport electrical requirements that also includes the advent of electric aircraft.
The objective of this research is to develop guidelines and tools to help airport industry practitioners plan for the growth in electric vehicle activity. The guidelines and tools should cover requirements for not only ground vehicles (i.e., airport-owned/operated fleets as well as vehicles operated by the public, employees, and ground transportation operators) but also electric-powered aircraft.