Heathrow Airport trials electric cars

The trials are to be co-ordinated by the Heathrow Clean Vehicle Partnership (CVP), which is managed by Sustainable Transport Solutions (STS).

The move comes following an assessment last year by STS which has recommended the use of electric vehicles at Heathrow to reduce the emissions of both CO2 and NOx across the airport.

About 600 “conventional” Renault Kangoo vans are already in use at the Heathrow and the Zero Emission (ZE) model, with its 95bhp electric motor is expected to easily acclimatise to its relevant tasks at Heathrow.

The Renault Kangoo ZE also enjoys the advantages of not emitting any CO2 emissions at all, meaning exemption from paying road tax or the £100-per-day charges in the London Low Emission Zone (LEZ).

These advantages are also enjoyed by the other electric vehicles on trial, including the Peugeot iOn city car which is powered by a 64bhp electric motor.

The Vauxhall Ampera family car meanwhile is an Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) which utilises an electric motor charged by a 1.4-litre petrol-powered generator to create a combined output of 150bhp and an official combined fuel economy of 235.4mpg.

All of these electric vehicles are available for the public to buy now across selected Perrys Dealerships. The Renault Kangoo ZE currently starts from £12,912.40, after the government’s plug-in car grant. Similarly the Peugoet iOn is priced from £26,126 and the Vauxhall Ampera starts at £29,995.