British multinational car manufacturer, Jaguar, have recently announced a deal with the UK’s largest airport, Heathrow, which will see 200 electric I-Pace SUV’s operating a chauffeur service from the terminals
The cars will be available to transport passengers between the airport and the capital city and will cost around £70-80 per journey.
The arrival of the new vehicles comes as part of partnership with the well established travel brand, We Know Group, and looks to launch a fleet of 50 vehicles. If the project runs successfully over the next 12 months, then an extra 150 vehicles are likely to be added to the fleet, bringing the total number of cars up to 200.
Emma Gilthorpe, Executive Director at Heathrow, said:
“We are thrilled to be working with two British companies on this landmark initiative to support more sustainable transportation choices for our passengers.
“Our commitments to the environment and our local community are absolutely non-negotiable – we are determined to address the impact road vehicles have on our neighbours and to improve air quality on our roads.
“These Jaguar I-PACEs are the latest in a long line of initiatives we are taking to ensure that expansion is not a choice between the economy and the environment – and that we can deliver benefits for both.”
The airport have claimed that the addition of the 200 new vehicles could aid around 1,000 journeys a day to and from Heathrow’s terminals, while also reducing Heathrow’s nitrogen oxide output by as much as eight tonnes per year due to the electric nature of the cars.
Should the operation run smoothly, I-Pace would become the largest chauffeur-driven fleet of electric vehicles in the country, as well as the We Know Group installing the UK’s largest electric car charging hub at Heathrow.