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Heathrow, Bri­tain’s busiest air­port, has added 17 all-elec­tric Nis­san LEAF ve­hi­cles to its fleet, with 12 be­ing op­er­ated air­side by se­cu­rity and bag­gage teams.

In to­tal, some 8000 ve­hi­cles are li­censed to op­er­ate air­side at Heathrow, which is set­ting am­bi­tious tar­gets that en­cour­age third par­ties to re­place th­ese with zero-emis­sion all-elec­tric ve­hi­cles – help­ing to re­duce the air­port’s car­bon foot­print.

Peter Leem­ing, Head of Op­er­a­tional Strat­egy at Heathrow, said: “We are aim­ing to es­tab­lish Heathrow as a world-lead­ing air­port in [terms of] re­duc­ing emis­sions from all sources of ac­tiv­ity.

“A key part of this is by tar­get­ing the con­ver­sion of 100% of Heathrow’s cars and small vans to elec­tric or plug-in hy­brid by 2020, with ul­tra-low emis­sion stan­dards for all air­side ve­hi­cles to fol­low by 2025.

“We tri­alled the Nis­san LEAF and found it was the per­fect fit for many of our teams and the types of jour­neys they make.”

The LEAF, which was launched in 2010, is the world’s best-sell­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cle, with more than 260,000 on the road.

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