Heathrow airport in London becomes the world’s first facility of its kind to use a production electric vehicle as part of its official fleet. The EV in question is the Nissan LEAF and during the first phase they have added 17 of them to the fleet with hopes to encourage the many third parties that operate thousands of vehicles around the Heathrow campus to follow suit.
Granted, 17 is not a big number when you realize there are more than 8,000 vehicles are licensed to operate airside at Heathrow, but it’s a beginning. Of the 17 Nissan LEAF Heathrow fleet cars 12 are being operated airside by teams including security and baggage and another five being used as pool cars. The zero emission vehicle is the first step in Heathrow’s plans to to reduce emissions and improve local air quality.
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Peter Leeming, Head of Operational Strategy at Heathrow, said: “Through Heathrow 2.0, our plan for sustainable growth, we are aiming to establish Heathrow as a world-leading airport in reducing emissions from all sources of activity. A key part of this is by targeting the conversion of 100% of Heathrow’s cars and small vans to electric or plug-in hybrid by 2020, with ultra-low emission standards for all airside vehicles to follow by 2025. We trialled the Nissan LEAF and found it was the perfect fit for many of our teams and the types of journeys they make. The trial went seamlessly, and within months we placed our order and put the LEAF into full time service.”
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