London City airport has opened seven new electric vehicle charging stations, for use by staff, passengers and black cabs.
Three BP Pulse 50KW “rapid” chargers and four 22KW “fast” chargers have been installed by UK Power Networks Services.
Of these, one of the rapid chargers is located on Hartman Road and is for use by black cabs only, while the other six chargers are located within the airport’s car parks and can be used by passengers, staff and minicabs.
Payment can be made either by credit card or via the BP Pulse app, and the service costs 30p per kWh for a rapid charge.
LCY said that it “anticipates adding more stations as passenger figures rebound, as more people switch to electric cars”.
In December Gatwick airport announced plans to open an electric charging forecourt in partnership with sustainable energy company Gridserve, with capacity for 36 electric vehicles to be charged simultaneously, and high-power chargers capable of delivering up to 350 kW of charging power and adding 100 miles of range in less than ten minutes.
Commenting on the news London City airport’s CEO Robert Sinclair ,said:
“Travel is about more than just a flight and we are committed to encouraging clean journeys, whether by electric car or by DLR, to and from London City.
”As we start to offer connections to more destinations and welcome returning and new passengers to the airport, I am hopeful that the electric charging stations will help re-affirm our position as the airport with the best sustainable transport links in the UK.
“This is certainly a service that I envisage growing as we set out our ambitions to reach net zero later in the year and as the airport bounces back over the course of 2022.”