Fleet of the future | How Houston Airports is leading the charge to reach carbon neutrality by 2030
July 20, 2023

Houston Airports is endeavoring to become carbon neutral by 2023. That’s why the airport system’s inaugural fleet of all-electric vehicles is coming soon. Houston Airports anticipates 25 Ford F-150 Lightnings will arrive in late 2023. General Maintenance Services is set to begin the installation of 11 Level 2 charging stations needed to support the vehicle fleet across six airport locations later this summer.  

Once plugged in, it will take about four hours for the all-electric trucks to reach a full charge.  

According to Ford Motor Company, the Lightnings can travel up to 320 miles on a full charge and go from zero to 60mph in less than four seconds. The trucks also boast a max towing capacity of 10,000 pounds. The all-electric vehicles can also power a home for up to three days and can deliver 9.6 kW of max power through 11 outlets throughout the vehicle.   

Houston Airports also maintains dozens of electric vehicle charging stations at all of its public parking facilities. Rental car companies at George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport also offer a variety of all-electric vehicles for rent.  

 According to the Airports Council International, airports account for roughly 5% of the aviation industry’s carbon footprint. A majority of emissions are from ground operations, including airport vehicles.   

In 2018 Houston Airports implemented a Sustainable Management Plan for its three airports. The plan promotes economic, social and environmental excellence through action.