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EasyJet Tests Electric Taxi System

EasyJet aircraft average 20 minutes of taxi time per flight, travelling around 3.5 million miles a year on the ground.

Published: 13-Feb-2012

cost airline easyJet is to trial a new electric taxi-ing system that could deliver significant fuel and carbon emissions savings by removing the need for aircraft to use their engines when manoeuvring in and out of airport stands.

EasyJet says its aircraft average 20 minutes of taxi time per flight, travelling around 3.5 million miles a year and accounting for about four per cent of the airline's annual fuel consumption.

However, the electric green taxi-ing system (EGTS) means pilots can turn off the engine and use an auxiliary power unit (APU) generator to power motors in the main wheels instead.

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