Budapest Airport’s E-charger Infrastructure Expanding With EU Support

Transport

Photo by Róbert Baranyi/Budapest Airport

In 2022, Budapest Airport applied for the European Union’s CEF 2 Transport - Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Facility funding program with its Net Zero Airport project, and a grant contract for the installation of 83 charging stations and 102 charging points was recently signed, accoring to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

The chargers will be installed inside the airport fence and will be available for use by partner companies operating at the airport, in addition to vehicles belonging to the airport operator’s fleet.

Budapest Airport says that it is fully committed to reducing emissions from its operations, and in 2021 set the primary goal of achieving net zero emissions 15 years earlier than previously committed, by 2035 at the latest, along its so-called zero carbon roadmap. The development of e-mobility at the airport is one of the ways in which this will be achieved.

At the end of 2021, the Hungarian government included the airport operator on the list of projects to be implemented with the European Network Financial Instrument, to significantly improve the electric charging infrastructure, with a total budget of 1.3 billion HUF to install new e-charging points for ground service equipment, airport service vehicles and the vehicles of airport partners. The development, which will be implemented in three phases by August 31, 2025, will involve the installation of 102 new e-charging points at the airport, half of which will be financed by Budapest Airport from its own budget and half from EU funds.

The EU support contributes to the construction of the 83 charging stations with nearly HUF 650 million, which accounts for the 50% of the budget. The other 50% will be financed by Budapest Airport from own sources.

The infrastructure constructed as part of the project will support several points in the aircraft handling process: catering vehicles, water trucks and lavatory service vehicles, baggage dollies and other air cargo vehicles, ramp passenger buses, passenger boarding stairs and tow vehicles.

Budapest Airport has been continuously developing its electric vehicle charging infrastructure for years, and has also been encouraging its partner companies to develop e-mobility. A total of 134 ground handling vehicles and 24 fleet and management vehicles have been replaced recently, changing from conventional to electric or hybrid models, saving 412,000 liters of fuel and 1,080 tons of carbon dioxide emission per year.

Budapest Airport has installed 66 electric vehicle charging points so far, 35 of which are located on the airside and 31 on the landside of the airport. Budapest Airport has assisted in the installation of a further 35 electric charging points at the airport for its partners involved in ground passenger transportation. Főtaxi, Budapest Airport’s contracted taxi partner, also prioritizes the promotion of e-mobility, and has already replaced 30% of its fleet with electric or hybrid vehicles.

There are already six ultra-fast electric charging points in the airport buffer car park of Főtaxi, which is expected to increase by 26 charging points by the end of 2025.

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