The Mototok: efficiency meets sustainability

You may have seen it on airports in Asia, particularly in Kuala Lumpur: the Mototok Electric Tug, a groundbreaking electric, remote-controlled ground handling device. This innovative tug not only provides an efficient alternative to traditional fuel-powered tugs but is also boosting airport sustainability practices.

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Simple Flying reports that Malaysia Airlines’ ground handling arm, AeroDarat, is the first in Asia and second in the world to operate the Mototok Spacer 8600 NG towbarless tug. By relying on electric power, the Mototok Electric Tug significantly reduces emissions, contributing to cleaner air quality and a lowered carbon footprint for airports. The adoption of this electric alternative is a step towards decreasing the industry's reliance on fossil fuels.

Environmental benefits

Beyond its environmental benefits, the Mototok Electric Tug excels in precision navigation and maneuverability, minimizing the risk of accidents and damage during ground handling. This, coupled with its compact design, allows for flexible positioning of aircraft, enabling airports to maximize hangar space by up to 160%.

Operational efficiency is a key feature of the Mototok. The precise control and maneuverability of the electric tug reduces turnaround times for aircraft on the ground, translating into cost savings for airports.
The tug launch in Kuala Lumpur shows that sustainability and efficiency can coexist in the aviation industry. As airports increasingly embrace electric ground handling equipment, the Mototok Electric Tug is expected to appear in airports all over the world.