Guidance for Planning for Future Electric Vehicle Growth at Airports

Airport planners have few resources at their disposal to effectively plan for the projected growth of electric vehicles, electric mobile equipment, and electric aircraft. As airports are exploring how best to transition to the increasing electrification of airside and landside operations, there is a multitude of variables for them to consider and they need resources to plan and move forward. The objective of this research is to develop a planning guide, including an executive summary, for airports to inventory and assess the anticipated growth in electrification needs for vehicles, aircraft, and mobile equipment. As part of this inventory and assessment, airports will need to evaluate opportunities, considerations, and impacts such as: (1) Charging infrastructure needs and siting considerations including codes and permitting; (2) Ownership, maintenance, and business models of charging infrastructure; (3) Funding and financing opportunities including grant assurance and compliance considerations; (4) Current and projected market demand and availability of electric vehicles, aircraft, and mobile equipment; (5) Different types of owners and users (airlines, airports, ground access providers, passengers, rental cars, utilities, etc.) including their roles and responsibilities; (6) Optimization and opportunities to enhance grid capacity; (7) Resiliency to support the continuity of operations; (8) Lifecycle expectations of electric vehicles, aircraft, and mobile equipment; (9) Emergency response; (10) Risks and hazard mitigation;  (11) Training; and (12) Upcoming technologies and trends (e.g., demand management, interoperability, IT requirements and concerns). Phase I: (1) A first draft of the planning guide, and (2) Knowledge gaps identified in the research and a work plan to fill those gaps. This work plan would assist airports in preparing for the anticipated growth in electrification needs for vehicles, aircraft, and mobile equipment.  


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $250000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 03-71

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Griffin, Matthew

  • Performing Organizations:

    Cadmus Group, Inc.

    Waltham, MA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Morrison, Geoff

  • Start Date: 20230426
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240126
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01854685
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 03-71
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 15 2022 4:13PM