Brussels Airport has around 250 service cars – supplemented by a hundred special vehicles such as fire trucks and snow thrower. Since 2015, all service cars are managed centrally on the Vehicle Maintenance Services (VMS) service. At the same time, it was also decided to thoroughly renew the fleet and make it more environmentally-friendly.
The decision of Brussels Airport for CNG is based on an in-depth study of the current vehicle fleet and driving behavior at the airport.
Therefore, the airport undertook to replace its service vehicles in the short term with models that run on natural gas. By 2025 all 250 service cars will run on CNG. Good for less CO2, less fine particles and less ground noise.
The vehicles today
Since 2018 there are already 60 vehicles running on CNG at the airport and an additional 7 pool cars that are available to use by the everyone as employees car sharing. Those vehicles are used by employees to move between the various buildings and sites of Brussels Airport.
“The conclusion? CNG delivers the best performance in terms of costs and environmental performance. Electric driving seems to be the future for everyone, but that is not yet feasible today. CNG is the ideal transition fuel. “
Head of Outside Infrastructure
According to Mr Hermans, because CNG is a safe fuel, the cars can drive both airside and landside. Furthermore, another experienced benefit from the use of the CNG was the price. Specifically, the small additional cost of a CNG vehicle is recovered within the year thanks to the very low fuel price.
“Every employee can request a ride at VMS via the handy app . You can reserve a pool car with your smartphone, swipe your keycard over the door and you can leave. You can refuel with your staff badge. Handy, right?”