The UK’s largest and busiest airport, Heathrow, is trying to promote the use of environmentally friendly vehicles. Currently, there are about 8,000 vehicles that are licensed to drive around Heathrow, and the airport wants to swap all those vehicles for electric and plug-in hybrids by the end of year 2020. They have already begun this year as they brought in 17 units of the Nissan LEAF to add to the fleet.
Out of the 17 cars, 12 vehicles are allotted to security and baggage, while the remaining ones will be used as pool cars. Heathrow is practicing this so that they could begin minimizing the emission that their fleets are releasing.
By having the initiative to do this, Heathrow airport is hoping that a lot of other companies, large or small, as well as individuals will be encouraged to do the same thing. That is to switch to zero-emission vehicles to save the environment. The airport is one of the best means to influence people as it is a high-traffic zone and these cars will be noticed more.
Darren Payne, sales director at Nissan Motor UK, is confident when he said that this initiative will inspire other businesses to follow and find ways to reduce their emissions and cut their costs. He thinks that this is a smart step to change the culture of vehicle usage on site.
Head of operational strategy at Heathrow, Peter Leeming, on the other hand, said that they initially test drove the Nissan LEAF and found that it would be the perfect car for the airport and the types of journeys they make. He added that they were so content with the car that they quickly placed their order within months, and now it is finally operating.
Leeming also added that with the all new Heathrow 2.0, they plan to promote sustainability, while trying to make it into a world-leading airport that has minimal emissions from all sources of activity. Like I mentioned earlier, their goal is to switch all of their current vehicles, from cars to vans into electric and hybrid models, which comply with ultra-low emission standards.
In other news, the 2018 LEAF was recently teased to us by Nissan, with the new video they released. The video indicates that it will be featuring a ProPILOT assist technology - a semi-autonomous function that keeps the car in its lane, while maintaining proper distance from the car in front of it. Its main purpose is to reduce the stop-and-go highway driving.