Along with Liverpool Airport, Birmingham has become one of the first British airports to join the Electric Highway and offer fast charging for electric motorists. Green energy company Ecotricity powers their highway with 100% renewable energy from the wind and the sun, allowing 35 different models of electric and plug-in hybrid cars to recharge in between 20 and 30 minutes.
Such is the rate of growth in electric cars that the motoring industry is on track to sell more electric vehicles in the first six months of 2015 than in the previous four years combined. The Electric Highway is a central part of this success story – for the first time powering one million miles in a month during May and scheduled to reach two million miles a month by the end of the year.
“We’re always looking at new and innovative ways of improving the passenger experience, which is why we have installed these electric charging points,” said Jo Lloyd, commercial director at Birmingham Airport. “The growing popularity of electric and hybrid cars means it is vital we provide the facilities that will enable our passengers to travel to-and-from the airport as easily as possible.”
Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, added: “With our electricity pumps at 95% of the motorway network, we’re well on our way to making electric cars a practical, everyday choice for drivers in Britain. Installing pumps at Birmingham is the next phase of our national network which enables electric cars to drive the length and breadth of Britain. Now e-drivers can charge up at the airport if they’re picking up, dropping off, or on their way in and out of the country.”
Source: Birmingham Airport