Glasgow Airport, Scotland, has invested more than £200,000 (US$260,000) to introduce an eight-strong fleet of plug-in electric hybrid vehicles (PHEV) to its operations.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4×4 vehicles will be deployed across the airport’s security, engineering and airfield operations teams. A number of charging stations have also been installed across the airport campus to accommodate the vehicles.
Unlike conventional hybrids, PHEV vehicles like the Mitsubishi Outlander can be plugged-in and recharged from an outlet, which allows them to drive extended distances using just electricity. When the battery is running low emptied, the conventional engine kicks in to support it.
Each of the airport’s new vehicles have been supplied by Arnold Clark and can achieve up to 166mpg, bringing both attractive cost reductions and environmental benefits.
Mark Johnston, managing director at Glasgow Airport, said, “The Outlander hybrid vehicles are fantastic additions to our fleet. The vehicles they have replaced produced between 200g and 230g/km (8.8oz) of CO₂ whereas the Outlander is around the 41g (1.5oz) mark.
“As well as delivering up to 166mpg, they also have the ability to drive over 30 miles with zero emissions using just electricity. As the fleet makes short journeys around the airfield, the Outlanders will be charged frequently at one of our stations to again minimize the amount of fuel used. We also enjoy the added bonus that 100% of our own electricity supply at Glasgow Airport is generated using renewable energy.”
Scott McPhail, group business franchise manager, Arnold Clark, said, “We are sure our plug-in hybrid will be an excellent addition to their fleet, and we look forward to working with Glasgow Airport, as well as Aberdeen and Southampton airports, in introducing these vehicles across their operations.”
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