Schiphol is investigating how sustainable taxiing can be implemented at the airport. Sustainable taxiing entails aircraft being taken to and from the runway by a special aircraft tug called a Taxibot. This means that planes can taxi without using their engines. The result is less kerosene being used and therefore less CO₂, NOx and ultrafine particle emissions. Sustainable taxiing is an essential part of our goal to become an emission-free airport in 2030.
First pilot completed
In 2020, Schiphol and several partners carried out a test in which aircraft were taken to and from the runways by the Taxibot. This special vehicle was designed by Smart Airport Systems, a sister company of the well-known supplier of ground handling equipment TLD. The vehicle – of which there are currently only ten in the world – is driven by a hybrid combination of electric and diesel engines. During taxiing, it uses 95% less fuel than aircraft engines.
Schiphol is conducting this pilot together with Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL), the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Corendon Dutch Airlines, KLM, Transavia, easyJet and the handling agents dnata and KLM Ground Services.