Celebi India – First ground handler to Introduce 100% Electric Air-Conditioned Tarmac Coaches for Passenger Transportation in India at the Delhi International Airport

Electric Air-Conditioned Tarmac Coaches for Passenger
Electric Air-Conditioned Tarmac Coaches for Passenger
  • 12 buses will be deployed at the Delhi International Airport
  • The sustainable approach by Celebi India showcases the company’s commitment to supporting the Indian aviation ministry’s aim to achieve net zero emissions by 2030
  • The Made in India ECOLIFE coaches are zero-emission vehicles powered by fast plug-in charging lithium-ion batteries
  • Each bus has a range of 200 kms and will be charged using high voltage and fast-charging stations which will be placed at strategic locations.

India, 14th November 2022: Aligned with the Indian aviation ministry’s aim to decarbonize the aviation segment by 2030, Celebi India has taken another major step by introducing the first ever 100% Electric Air-Conditioned Tarmac Coaches for Passenger Transportation in India at the Delhi International Airport. 

ECO-LIFE, a Made in India Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV), is an aesthetically designed tarmac coach for air passengers. Powered by fast plug-in charging lithium-ion batteries, these buses run on highly efficient PSPM electric motors offering a silent and seamless ride for the passengers. Built with high-strength monocoque structures, the buses have long durability and best-in-class comfort.

Speaking on occasion, Mr. Murali Ramachandran, CEO, Celebi India, said, We are a responsible organisation with a strong focus to build sustainability as the main pillar of our operation. We welcome the government’s decision of reducing carbon emission in the aviation sector. Under this vision of sustainable aviation, we have already implemented solutions like Taxi bots and Bridge-mounted equipment in the past. Now with the addition of 12 Made in India 100% Electric Air-Conditioned Tarmac Coaches, we are committing our support through accelerated efficiency measures, energy transition, and innovation across the aviation sector and in sync with the government across the country.”

Mr. Ramachandran added, “These newly inducted low entry ECOLIFE buses facilitate ease of boarding and de-boarding and are equipped with a wheel-chair ramp for the specially-abled, old & people who are unwell with a designated space for docking the wheelchair. The buses are equipped with all modern features like Intelligent Transportation System, CCTV cameras, mobile charging USB sockets, Emergency safe stop buttons, etc., keeping safety as an important prime factor.”Celebi has always been driven and attracted to technology developments especially if they have a positive impact on the environment and make the ground a better place for our people to work. In India, we were the first to bring in Electric tugs, Electric pushback and further placing orders to replace existing equipment with electric ones. There is a rise of demand for sustainable technology and this has accelerated the pace of innovations across aviation  industry. In 2019, Celebi introduced Taxi Bots in Indian aviation, and Air India became the first commercial airline in the world to use them. Taxi bots help cut fuel

consumption by 85% by towing narrow-bodied aircraft from the terminal gate to the take-off point with the planes’ engines turned off; they also reduce foreign object damage by 50%. 

Bridge-mounted equipment (BME) services that provides cooling and power to the aircrafts when parked is another eco-friendly service provided by Celebi at Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore airports. BME services reduce CO2 emission (approx. 80-85%) and noise pollution.   

With more than 60 years of international experience in ground handling, Celebi Aviation brings sustainable, efficient, and quality ground handling services to the Indian aviation industry. They are engaged in ground handling at various Indian airports, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Cochin, Ahmedabad, Kannur and soon at the New Goa Airport at MOPA, and have plans to expand operations in other cities. Sustainable practices, innovation, advanced technology, and standardization of processes make Celebi’s services stand out in aviation ground handling services.