Menzies Aviation is piloting Mullen Automotive electric vans and Loop Global charging infrastructure at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

An agreement between Mullen and Menzies will result in a 60-day pilot program. This will evaluate the Class 1 Electric Vehicle (EV) cargo vans in Menzies’ LAX operations. An example of one of the use cases will be transporting cabin cleaning teams to aircraft.

Loop Global will provide EV Charging infrastructure and fleet operations software. The Mullen electric vans will be serviced through Loop Global’s electric vehicle fleet as-a-service (EVFaaS) programme.

Using the Loop cloud-based Charger Management System, the EVs can be charged between shifts.

“Collaborating with suppliers, airports and our airline customers is absolutely vital for Menzies to achieve its sustainability goals,” said John Redmond, Americas executive VP, Menzies Aviation.

“We have committed to switching to electric vehicles wherever possible to reduce our carbon emissions, however charging infrastructure can be a barrier so it’s great to be working with both Mullen and Loop to pilot a solution at LAX.

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“Early feedback is positive and I’m looking forward to seeing the results from this collaboration.”

Menzies has a global fleet of 27,000 ground service equipment, which includes more than 8,000 vehicles. These are used across over 250 airports.

“Menzies is a well-respected leader in the aviation industry,” said David Michery, CEO and chairman of Mullen Automotive

“Our commercial EVs are a natural fit for airport service and logistics operations. Working together with Menzies and Loop providing a full EV ecosystem solution is a great opportunity for Mullen.”