Heathrow Airport is now providing charging points at its taxi feeder park for electric black cabs with the addition of rapid charging units from eVolt, the nationwide electric vehicle (EV) charge point supplier and e-mobility specialist.
Heathrow Airport’s taxi feeder park is a large facility that manages taxi services at the airport, dispatching taxis to the taxi ranks at each terminal to ensure that demand is met. eVolt has installed seven Raption 50 Rapid chargers which can complete an 80 per cent charge in 30 minutes. These charging points will support the new electric taxis and address the Mayor of London’s policy for all newly-licensed black taxis to be electric or plug-in hybrids from January 2018.
To improve air quality across the airport, Heathrow plans to make all of its cars and small vans under 2.4 tonnes electric or plug-in hybrid by 2020. Since pledging to ‘Go Electric’ in 2015, Heathrow has spent more than £4m on charging infrastructure, with a total of more than £5m committed to be spent by the end of this year. It has some 59 EV chargers offering 99 charging points across the airport serving drivers both Airside and Landside, and this includes 22 chargers from eVolt.
Hayley Page Project Manager for Electric Vehicle Charging commented: “In addition to this internal commitment we can also encourage other people passing through the airport to minimise their impact by making sure that the right infrastructure is in place.”
Evolt’s Raption 50 rapid charger is smaller and slimmer than most units and has three charging cables that cater for all rapid charge-enabled EV and plug-in hybrid models. eVolt has an excellent reliability record and this new Rapid charger offers unparalleled uptime due to state-of-the-art modular power redundancy technology with four individual power packs rather than the ‘traditional’ single power pack that renders older design rapid chargers out of use if the power unit fails.
More EV Taxi charging facilities will be installed across the UK over the coming years explains Justin Meyer, General Manager of eVolt explained: “Heathrow’s taxi feeder park hosts one of the first rapid charging hubs supported by the UK Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to have been installed. However, OLEV has awarded TfL and nine UK Local Authorities a combined total of almost £14m to support EV Taxi charging infrastructure and EV Taxi rollout.