Heathrow Rolls Out Solo EV Shuttle
Heathrow Airport continues to offer a friendly testing ground for new electric-vehicle technologies.
In April, BAA, the company that operates the London airport, began a first-of-its-kind electric pod car service to carry passengers between Terminal 5 and outlying parking lots. And this month, the 25-seat Solo EV, the first full-size, all-electric bus at a British airport, went into operation to move British Airways personnel between Terminal 5 and the company’s head office in Waterside, a few miles away.
Built by the British manufacturer Optare, the bus is projected to cover 50 to 60 miles daily, and reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by about 20 tons a year, compared with an equivalent diesel-powered bus, according to company estimates.
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