Heathrow Airport has reaffirmed its commitment to air quality by promoting the increase of use in electric vehicles in the surrounding area.
From this summer, a fleet of up to 200 fully electric vehicles will be made available for passengers to travel to and from the airport.
The deal, signed between Heathrow, Jaguar and WeKnowGroup, will see the largest chauffeur-driven fleet of electric vehicles rolled out in the UK.
It is part of the airport’s commitment to improving air quality – something that is being tackled with the government’s Clean Air Strategy.
The deal will see 50 of the vehicles used from this summer, but there is the option of a further 150 to be used within the next year; in total, these will support approximately 1,000 electric vehicle journeys to and from Heathrow every day, saving tonnes of oxides of nitrogen emissions, therefore improving air quality.
The interest and take-up of electric vehicles in the capital is growing, given the positive impact they will have to the air quality.
By 2030, 58% of vehicles are expected to be electric on the streets of London, and this commitment to more environmentally friendly vehicles stretches far beyond Heathrow and the capital – local authorities across the UK are using cleaner fleets for their day-to-day operations, and the trend is growing.
Consumer research suggests the people of London are receptive to Heathrow’s electric vehicle commitment, with 63% saying that, by 2028, they will be comfortable switching to an electric vehicle.
Of those Londoners who will travel to and from Heathrow, a third said they’d be likely to use electric taxis if access is available.
This adds to the airport’s electric fleet, which is one of the largest in the UK, where there has been a huge year-on-year increase in electric vehicle charging points thanks to a £5 million investment.
Elsewhere, electric buses have been trialled for airside passengers, as the airport’s fleet becomes even cleaner.