HEATHROW AIRPORT has announced it has taken delivery of its 50th electric vehicle as part of it ‘Go Electric’ scheme.
The airport is aiming to make all of its cars and small vans among its support fleet alternatively fuelled by 2020, describing the latest addition as a “key step in Heathrow’s promise”.
It estimates the current fleet of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles operated by the airport contribute to a reduction of 165 tonnes of CO2 annually — equivalent to the amount of energy used by 18 homes per year.
Heathrow Airport has also committed to the EV100 global initiative, which will see participating companies transition to EV fleets, with the company aiming to have all of its large vans and half of its HGVs alternatively fuelled by 2030.
Since pledging to ‘Go Electric’ in 2015, the airport has spent over £4 million in charging infrastructure — resulting in over 80 charging points made available across the site.
John Holland-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow Airport, said: “Our sustainability strategy, Heathrow 2.0, and global commitments like EV100 tie Heathrow to some ambitious but realistic targets to clean up our fleet and speed up the take-up of electric technology across our airport.
“Since our pledge to switch to electric cars and vans in 2015 we have made tremendous progress towards improving air quality in our city, but we are committed to go further yet.”