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Heathrow commits to helping electric revolution as research reveals up to 58% of London’s vehicles will be electric by 2030

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New research released by economic consultants CEBR today has revealed that by 2030 up to 58% of vehicles on London’s road will be electric.

The research – Accelerating the electric vehicle revolution –  also found that increasing the uptake of electric vehicles will have a positive impact on air quality in the capital, with road vehicles providing the greatest contributions to NOx emissions.

When coupled with the introduction of The Elizabeth Line and proposed western and southern rail links, the research is further good news for the Heathrow expansion project and the airport’s aims to meet air quality targets even with expansion.

The introduction of the T-Charge for more polluting vehicles in October 2017, the Ultra-Low Emission Zone and falling purchasing costs for an electric vehicle are some of the main causes driving forward this forecasted shift, which will could result in the average concentration of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) across the city reducing by as much as 8%.

Consumer research run in parallel with this study shows that by 2028, 63% of Londoners will feel comfortable making the switch to an electric vehicle, with falling purchase costs and an expansion of the charging point network likely to fuel widespread adoption.

Londoner-based travellers to Heathrow 32% said they would be fairly likely (22%) or very likely (9%) to use electric taxis to access the airport if these were made more available.

Heathrow’s commitments, including to increase the percentage of passengers travelling to the airport by public transport, will target the real source of emissions – road vehicles – and ensure that we continue to meet air quality targets, even with expansion.

Download the research, here.

Heathrow's initiatives to improve electric vehicle use

  • £5 million investment in electric charging points;
  • Exploring the potential to make the airport an Ultra-Low Emission Zone;
  • Co-funding for local electric bus routes;

Heathrow to host one of UK's largest electric vehicle fleets following landmark deal with Jaguar and WeKnowGroup

Heathrow, Jaguar and travel services company WeKnowGroup have signed a landmark deal that will see a fleet of up to 200 fully-electric Jaguar I-PACE vehicles available to passengers for travel to and from Heathrow.

The service, to roll-out in summer 2018, will create the largest chauffeur-driven fleet of electric vehicles in the UK and support Heathrow’s commitment to improving air quality around the airport.

The deal announced today brings together two iconic British brands and a British SME to lead the way in EV adoption, improving air quality and supporting the UK economy. Initially the fleet will be made up of 50 I-PACEs available from summer 2018 with the option to add a further 150 cars in the next 12 months.

This fleet will support up to 1,000 electric vehicle journeys to and from Heathrow each day – saving over eight tonnes of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions each year. To support the service, WeKnowGroup will be installing a dedicated charging hub at Heathrow, which will be the largest in the UK.

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