WheelTug is an in-wheel electric taxi system under development by a company of the same name, Wheeltug is a subsidiary of and majority owned by Borealis Exploration. The system will enable airplanes to taxi forward and backward without needing a tow tractor or using main jet engines. WheelTug will accomplish this goal through twin electric motors installed in the nose wheels; these motors will be powered by the aircraft's Auxiliary Power Unit (APU). According to Aviation Week, the WheelTug system was projected to provide savings in ground turnaround time and increased aircraft utilization.
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