Total, Gaussin partner to develop electric aircraft refueller transporter

Gaussin and Total have announced a joint venture to develop ART FULL ELEC , a full electric aircraft refueller transporter, the company said.

Planned for the Airbus industrial site in Toulouse, this prototype will be capable of towing two fuel tankers, with a fuel capacity of 30 tons each. Delivery is expected at the end of 2020.

This partnership between Gaussin and Total draw on the 40 years of know-how of Saft (a subsidiary of Total) in designing and producing batteries for electric & hybrid commercial and industrial vehicles. Saft will provide the lithium-ion batteries for this future fleet. The batteries will be entirely developed and manufactured at Saft´s facilities in Nersac and Bordeaux in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of France.

This first firm order will enable Gaussin to expand its offering on the electric vehicles market and Total to provide a solution adapted to the refueling business. It also paves the way for the development of a fleet of innovative vehicles, specifically dedicated to aviation.

Total is a broad energy Group that produces and markets fuels, natural gas and low-carbon electricity.

Gaussin is an engineering company that designs, assembles and sells innovative products and services in the transport and logistics field.