London’s largest airport has reached a key milestone on its route to total electrification with the addition of its 50th electric vehicle to its fleet.
Heathrow Airport has pledged to switch all of its small cars and vans to plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles by 2020. With the delivery of this last EV, the fleet has now grown to 50 electric cars, most of them Nissan Leaf. This means the goal of the airport’s ‘Go Electric‘ campaign is getting closer and Heathrow just recently renewed this promise when joining the multinational EV100 campaign that encourages companies to fully electrify their fleets.
Additionally, airlines such as British Airways for whom Heathrow is their homebase have started to electrify ground vehicles such as tugs reportedly.
And there have been further advancements when it comes to charging infrastructure. Passengers flying from or to London via Heathrow already find over 80 EV charging stations waiting for them. They also serve airside vehicles and employees and make Heathrow the airport with the highest charging density in Europe.
This achievement has cost no less than 4 million pound so far and another 5m GBP have been earmarked for the installation of additional charging infrastructure over the course of 2018.
Still this year though, Heathrow wants to install 7 rapid charging stations on site for Black Cabs to charge. The initiative run together with Transport for London (TfL) is to support the Mayor’s requirement for all newly licensed London taxis to be able to run electrically by January, 1, 2018, when the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) comes into force. (we reported).