Nissan Leaf takes off at Heathrow
Heathrow, Britain’s biggest and busiest airport, has turned to the Nissan LEAF as part of its plans to inspire a new culture of electric car usage across its vast site. The airport has added 17 all-electric LEAFs to its fleet, with 12 operated airside by teams including security and baggage and another five used as pool cars.
The move is in line with the company’s commitment that all its cars and small vans are electric or plug-in hybrid by the end of 2020. This is just one of the steps Heathrow is taking to reduce emissions and improve local air quality.
By introducing the LEAFs in highly-visible airside roles, the airport also hopes to encourage many of the third parties that operate 8,000 vehicles around the Heathrow campus to follow suit.
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 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 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.”
Iker Lazzari, Fleet Director at Nissan Motor (GB), said: “We are delighted to be supporting Heathrow Airport as it takes such a positive step towards changing the culture of vehicle usage onsite and improving its sustainability.
“I’m sure this initiative will inspire other businesses to follow Heathrow’s lead by using Nissan’s electric vehicles to both reduce their emissions and cut their running costs.”