11 MARCH 2019
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More eco-friendly ground handling vehicles are on the way at airports after a £200,000 fleet of eight new £200,000 hybrid petrol/electric plug-in Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4x4s arrived at Glasgow last week.
The vehicles (below) will be deployed across the airport’s security, engineering and airfield operations teams. Charging stations have been installed across the airport campus to accommodate them.
Unlike conventional hybrids, PHEV vehicles such as the Outlander can be plugged-in and recharged from an outlet, allowing them to drive long distances using just electricity. When the battery is running low or emptied, the conventional engine kicks in.
Airport managing director Mark Johnson said each of the new vehicles can achieve up to 166 miles per gallon, bringing both attractive cost reductions and environmental benefits.
He added: “The vehicles they have replaced produced between 200-230 grams of CO2 per kilometre whereas the Outlanders are around the 41-gram mark. They can also drive more than 30 miles with zero emissions using just electricity.
The vehicles were supplied by Mitsubishi dealer Arnold Clark. Group business franchise manager Scott McPhail said: “We are delighted to be adding Glasgow Airport to our expanding portfolio of business customers.
“We look forward to working with the airport, as well as Aberdeen and Southampton airports, in introducing these vehicles across their operations.”
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