The Emission Free Airport


Sommersemester 2020 - Traktionssysteme Austria


As of 2020, transport accounts for 25% of all carbon dioxide emissions, which is why the electrification of the mobility sector plays a key role in the battle against climate change. When it comes to air travel, Diesel powered Airport Ground Support Equipment vehicles (GSE vehicles) are one of the major sources of CO2 emissions. This is where Traktionssysteme Austria (TSA) comes into play. The Austrian company is one of the biggest manufacturers of electric motors for rail and bus transport and is eager to use its know-how and experience in the development of electric motors for the electrification of GSE vehicles.


The underlying goal of the project was to create a business plan for the electrification of ground support equipment vehicles in cooperation with TSA. In order to successfully enter the GSE-industry it was necessary to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the legal and competitive market environment as well as the specific technical requirements of the industry. Furthermore, the objective of the project was to select those GSE-vehicles that fit the profile of TSA and to start building relationships with both, airport ground handlers and vehicle manufacturers.


As the GSE market is non-transparent and it also turned out to be difficult to obtain reliable market data through research databases, the primary source of information were in-depth interviews with industry experts. In the course of the project we conducted interviews with ground handling operators of five different airports including Vienna International Airport and Salzburg Airport. Furthermore, conversations were held with several major GSE manufacturers such as Goldhofer, Cobus or Vestergaard. They provided the project team with an insight into the industry from different perspectives and thereby allowed the team to gain a deeper understanding of the industry.


Our market research has shown that the GSE market is a 13-billion-dollar industry, which is predicted to see a high growth over the next seven years with a forecasted compound annual growth rate of 6.7 percent until 2027. With this substantial growth, the GSE industry provides the necessary space for new players like TSA to successfully enter the market.

Furthermore, the demand for eco-friendly solutions in the industry is rising sharply as most major airports have committed themselves to achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2030 and many government subsidies are linked to environmental requirements. Consequently, TSA with its decades of experience in the development of electric motors and its global company structure will be able to provide sustainable alternatives to those growing demands.

By intensifying existing relationships with GSE manufacturers and raising brand awareness through advertisement in trade journals and exhibiting at trade fairs like the inter-airport, TSA will be able to quickly increase its market shares and improve its competitive position.

Cooperation Partner

  • Traktionssysteme Austria GmbH
    Brown-Boveri-Straße 1
    2351 Wiener Neudorf

Contact Person

  • Dr. Florian Demmelmayr
    Head of technical sales – Road

Student Team

  • Alexander Bernleithner
    Stefan Doubek
    Clemens Gumpoldsberger
    Phillip Grandl
    Julian Pfeifer
    Stephan Wolfsberg

Project Manager

  • Richard Olbrecht, M.Sc.

  • Carola Wandres, M.Sc.

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