23 JULY 2018
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Passengers, staff and residents from the local area can now reserve and pick up a 100% electric car at Gatwick in what officials claim is the first scheme of its kind for an airport.
Users can return the vehicles to any of 300 points across London, or back at Gatwick. The service is being rolled out in partnership with Bluecity, which operates an electric vehicle-sharing service with 100 cars currently available in total.
Discussions are also being held with local authorities and business groups about expanding the network, similar to existing cycle schemes in the capital and in areas surrounding the airport.
Ten cars and charging points are currently available on Gatwick’s South Terminal forecourt, representing Bluecity’s first airport hub.
Users can pick up one of the cars to drive from Gatwick to any one of the central London charging points or from the city to the heart of the airport for about £15, assuming moderate traffic.
Gatwick chief commercial officer Guy Stephenson said: “We lead the way on airport innovation and this UK airport first not only offers a new, flexible option for getting on and off the airport, it also improves air quality.”
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