Vestergaard delivers electric deicer to Clermont-Ferrand

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Aéroport Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne has taken delivery of its first Vestergaard deicer, the fully electric Elephant e-Mini MY Lite.

The Elephant e-Mini MY Lite is the world’s first fully electric deicer, and will help make ground handling operations at Clermont-Ferrand airport more sustainable.

It is built on the Vestergaard e chassis and can service aircraft up to Boeing 757s with its tank capacity of 4,000 litres.

The unit in operation in Clermont-Ferrand has a 40kwh battery, can handle 8-12 deicings depending on contamination and fluid needs, and drive between 40 and 75 kilometres on a single charge.

Damien Le Gac, Country Manager for France at Vestergaard Company, said: “Vestergaard Company is proud to supply its first 100% electrical deicer, the e-Mini MY Lite to the Airport of Clermont Ferrand Auvergne and Vinci Airports. We hope the new unit will be a big success for this – for us – new customer, and we are happy to be able to contribute to the ambition of Vinci Airports to reaching zero emissions by 2050.”

Emmanuel Bouhier, Director of the Syndicat Mixte Aéroport Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne, added: “The future of air transport today depends on the decarbonisation of activities in flight but also on the ground. In all important transitions, pioneers are needed. The Syndicat Mixte is proud to fulfil this function of general interest by hosting today at of Aéroport Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne the first electric de-icer in the world!”

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