- Crane Aerospace & Electronics, a segment of Crane Co. (NYSE:CR), announced today that an agreement has been reached with L-3 Space and Propulsion Systems, to develop and market the GreenTaxi™ Electric Taxi System.
- The GreenTaxi™ system moves a commercial aircraft on the ground without using the aircraft’s main engines or ground service equipment, including tugs.
- GreenTaxi™ will provide significant economic and environmental benefits, such as reduced fuel consumption, lower ground operations costs and decreased emissions.
- The GreenTaxi™ technology was successfully demonstrated on December 8, 2011 at the Frankfurt Airport in Germany, where more than 100 industry leaders watched as the GreenTaxi™ system was used to taxi an A320 without the use of main engine power.
- The demonstration took place over four days and included more than 20 hours of taxi and maneuver tests.
- It was conducted by a team led by L-3’s Magnet-Motor division and included Lufthansa German Airlines, Lufthansa Technik and the Frankfurt Airport Operating Authority, Fraport, with additional support by Airbus.
- The demonstration showed that the GreenTaxi™ system operates dependably, in varying runway conditions, at up to 30 kilometers per hour, making ground operations simpler, faster and more efficient.
- Dave Bender, president of Crane’s Aerospace Group, said, “L-3’s approach to the electric taxi system is innovative and an industry first. By integrating permanent magnet electric wheel drive units onto the aircraft’s main landing gear, the GreenTaxi™ system provides optimum agility and dependability. Crane is proud to work with L-3 to bring this proven technology to market.”
- Michael Wallace, president of L-3’s Space and Propulsion sector, added, “This agreement will combine our expertise in propulsion system solutions and our industry-leading electric motor technology with Crane’s leading market position in landing gear electronic systems and power electronics, as well as its proven capability to support high-volume production programs. Together, we will be able to provide a superior and more environmentally responsible capability than what is currently available in the industry. We are looking forward to providing the aviation marketplace with a solution that will save fuel and reduce carbon emissions during ground operations.”