Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks has introduced the world’s first electric refueling vehicle, based on the Mercedes-Benz eEconic truck, to Skytanking, a refueling service provider at Stuttgart Airport. 

Collaborating with tank body specialist Esterer, the electric truck was fitted with a 40,000-litre fuel tank powered directly by the vehicle’s batteries. This innovative approach eliminates CO2 emissions and particulate matter, contributing to a cleaner environment and enhancing safety for employees working in close proximity to the vehicles.

The Mercedes-Benz eEconic, with its low-floor design, enables easy access beneath aircraft wings during refueling operations. The vehicle’s advanced safety features, including Active Brake Assist and side collision protection, ensure safe operation amidst airport traffic.

Powered by an e-axle and two electric motors generating 330kW of continuous power, the eEconic boasts efficient energy recovery through regenerative braking. Charging at up to 160kW, the vehicle’s batteries supply energy to both the truck and the tanker. The collaboration between Daimler Truck and Esterer resulted in an integrated user interface displaying essential information for efficient operation. The Esterer tank body, with a capacity of 40,000 litres, utilises battery power directly for pump operation, ensuring uninterrupted refueling operations.

Stuttgart Airport’s commitment to sustainability through its Project Finalize! initiative is aimed at achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. Supported by the Technical University of Aachen and partially funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, the project seeks to optimise charging processes and serve as a model for other airports and industries.