Electric Aircraft Tugs

Electric aircraft tugs, also known as electric tow tugs or electric tow tractors, are specialized vehicles designed to move aircraft on the ground – typically in and out of hangars, maintenance facilities, or parking areas.

Instead of traditional fuel-based engines, these airplane tugs rely on electric power sources – such as lithium-ion batteries or fuel cells – to drive their electric motors. This eliminates the need for fossil fuels, reducing emissions and making electric tugs more eco-friendly than conventional tugs.

PJi offers a broad range of new and used electric airplane tugs for sale or rent from top manufacturers like Tronair and Eagle Tugs. We also offer financing options for purchasing your electric tow tug.

If you need help finding the right electric tug for towing your aircraft, our aviation specialists will be happy to assist you. Call, email, or chat with us today!

Best Tugs B8
Used Best Tugs B8
Used B8 - Bravo Line - Aircraft Tug - Up to 8,000 lbs
Works with: 150, 152, 172, 177, 180, 182, 206, 210, 310, 340 & more...
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Used In Stock
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Eagle eJP-10
Eagle eJP-10
Towbarless Electric Aircraft Tug – 100,000-lb. Towing Capacity
Works with: Challenger 605 (CL605), Challenger 870, Challenger 890, Global Express, Falcon 10-100, Falcon 20-200, Falcon 2000, Falcon 2000EX, Falcon 50, Falcon 50EX & more...
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Ships around May 19
Eagle eJP-12
Eagle eJP-12
Towbarless Electric Aircraft Tug – 125,000-lb. Towing Capacity
Works with: Challenger 605 (CL605), Challenger 870, Challenger 890, Global Express, Falcon 10-100, Falcon 20-200, Falcon 2000, Falcon 2000EX, Falcon 50, Falcon 50EX & more...
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Ships around March 28
Eagle eJP-3
Eagle eJP-3
eJP-3 Electric Towbarless Tug – 30,000-lb. Tow Capacity
Works with: A500, A700, 150, 152, 172, 177, 180, 182, 185, 206 & more...
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Ships around February 29
Eagle eJP-3L
Eagle eJP-3L
Tow up to 30,000 lbs - 3 feet longer, Extra battery bank
Works with: A500, A700, 150, 152, 172, 177, 180, 182, 185, 206 & more...
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Eagle eTT-12
Eagle eTT-12
Electric AWD & AWS - 12,000 lbs DBP
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Eagle ETT-12X
Eagle ETT-12X
ETT-12X Electric Aircraft Tug, 171,000-lb. Capacity
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Eagle eTT-16
Eagle eTT-16
Electric AWD & AWS - 12,000 lbs DBP
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Eagle ETT-8X
Eagle ETT-8X
Electric Aircraft Tug – Tows Up to 115,000 lbs. – Lithium-Ion & Lead-Acid Battery Options
Works with: A500, A700, 150, 152, 172, 177, 180, 182, 185, 206 & more...
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Tronair JP100SSC
Tronair JP100SSC
Tow up to 100,000 lbs - With SoftCapture - No Straps Required
Works with: Challenger 605 (CL605), Challenger 850, G350, G450, G500, G550, II, III, IV, IVSP & more...
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Eagle MTT
Eagle MTT
Electric - Utility Tractor - 5,000 lbs DBP
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Can electric tugs handle all types and sizes of aircraft?

Available in various configurations with different towing capacities, electric aircraft tugs are capable of handling a wide range of aircraft sizes, from small private planes to larger commercial aircraft. Thus, selecting an electric tug that is appropriate for your specific aircraft’s weight and towing requirements is essential.

What are some advantages of using electric airplane tugs?

There are several key advantages to using electric tugs, including reduced emissions, quieter operation, lower maintenance costs, improved maneuverability, and increased efficiency compared to traditional fuel-powered aircraft tugs.

Are electric aircraft tugs cost-effective?

While the upfront investment may be higher, electric airplane tugs can provide significant cost savings over time compared to traditional aircraft tugs. Fleet size, operational requirements, and energy prices are key considerations when factoring in the overall cost-effectiveness of electric aircraft tugs.

What are the environmental benefits of electric aircraft tugs?

From an environmental perspective, electric aircraft tugs have a profound impact. By eliminating emissions from diesel engines, these tugs contribute to improved air quality and reduced carbon emissions. This aligns with global efforts to combat climate change and supports the transition to a more sustainable aviation industry.

Moreover, the use of electric tugs helps airports comply with increasingly stringent environmental regulations. Many countries and regions are implementing stricter emission standards, and airports that invest in electric tugs position themselves as leaders in sustainability and environmental stewardship.

The cost savings and environmental benefits of electric aircraft tugs make them a compelling choice for airports looking to enhance their operational efficiency while reducing their impact on the environment.

What are the recommended training and maintenance for electric aircraft tugs?

The successful operation of electric aircraft tugs relies on proper training and maintenance. To ensure safe and efficient operation, operators should receive comprehensive training on the use of electric tugs, including the control systems, safety procedures, and maintenance requirements.

Training programs should cover various aspects of operation, including towing techniques, maneuvering in different weather conditions, and emergency response procedures. Operators should also be educated on the unique characteristics of electric tugs, such as the charging process, battery management, and troubleshooting common issues.

Moreover, maintenance plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan and performance of electric aircraft tugs. Regular maintenance schedules should be established to ensure that the tugs are in optimal condition. This includes routine inspections, battery maintenance, software updates, and component replacements when necessary. Maintenance tasks should be performed by trained technicians who are familiar with the specific requirements of electric tugs.

By investing in comprehensive training and maintenance programs, airports can ensure the safe and efficient operation of electric aircraft tugs and maximize their lifespan and performance.

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