Heathrow launches 50th electric vehicle

Published on : Friday, December 8, 2017

electricIn order to improve the air quality around the airport  Heathrow reached a key milestone in its pledge ‘Go electric’ delivering the 50th electric vehicle to the airport’s fleet.

 

Heathrow has taken the initiative of making all of its cars and small vans electric or plug-in hybrid by 2020 to have an eco-friendly airport.

 

Heathrow has received two awards for their fleet and it is expected that the 50 electric vehicle will reduce the airport’s fleet emission by 165 tonnes CO2/year that will be equivalent to the amount of energy used by 18 homes  per year.

 

Till now Heathrow has spent over £4 million in charging infrastructure, with a total of more than £5 million to be spent by the end of 2018.

 

 

Before the end of 2017 Heathrow is expected to install seven rapid charging points in collaboration with TfL.

 

This will support the mayor’s requirements for the newly licensed black cabs to be either electric  or plug in hybrid by January 2018.

 

 

The chargers will work three times faster than the average charger and be installed in Heathrow’s Taxi Feeder Park.

 

 

John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow chief executive, said that their sustainability strategy, Heathrow 2.0, and global commitments like EV100 tie Heathrow to some  realistic targets to clean up their fleet and speed up the take-up of electric technology across their airport.

 

 

There has been tremendous progress in keeping with the pledge to switch to electric cars and vans in 2015, the quality of the city had improved.

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