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Electric van trial may lead to switch at BAA Heathrow

TRIALS of a new prototype electric van by BAA Heathrow could result in the replacement of many conventionally-fuelled vehicles used at the airport. BAA Heathrow is trialling the van, which incorporates quick-charge technology, for two months.

During that time it will be assessed by BAA Heathrow's own transport team, as well as other fleet operators based at the airport. If successful BAA Heathrow will look at the possibility of replacing traditionally-fuelled vehicles on its fleet, and will encourage other airport companies to do the same.

Developed by Cambridge-based electric vehicle specialist Wavedriver, the van differs from others of its kind in that its battery can be charged to 80% capacity in around one hour. The trial is part of a wider strategy by BAA Heathrow to minimise airport emissions, which includes the extension of Euro II emissions criteria to all vehicles operating at the airport.

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