Bristol Airport switched on to the future

By Anita Jaynes on 12 August, 2015

New electric car charging points have been installed at Bristol Airport for use by staff and passengers.

The electric car charging points are situated in front of the airport’s administration building for staff use and within the short stay car park for passengers use. Providing passengers with an electric car and charge card, the opportunity to use the recharge points whilst at the airport.

The electric charging points are easy to use and the points managed by Charge Your Car and are suitable for most electric vehicles. The charge point features an active display which indicates the status of the charge point, together with a telephone help desk number for assistance or to report a fault. Simple to follow instructions provided at the charge point.

The installation of the electric charging points is combined with a recent purchase of a Nissan electric vehicle, the first 100 per cent electric powered vehicle at the airport. The Nissan e-NV200 electric vehicle is used on site by the airport’s in-house information technology (IT) team.

Both the purchase of the electric vehicle and charging points has been provided with support from the TravelWest Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

TravelWest’s Julia Dean said: “Increasing the use of electric cars is one way to helping to improve air quality across the West of England and we are committed to working with local businesses to increase the use of electric vehicles. People need to feel confident that they will have somewhere to recharge their electric car before they buy one, and this new point at Bristol Airport provides another charge point in our network.”

Melanie King, environment manager for Bristol Airport said:  “We are looking at many ways of maintaining a proactive approach in delivering a sustainable future for the airport. The introduction of electric vehicles and charging points is only one of several initiatives we are progressing over the next 12 months in recognition of Bristol’s status as European Green Capital. We also recently played host to Nissan where staff had the opportunity to test drive a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. It helped to highlight the benefits of using an electric vehicle compared to other alternatives and have questions answered by the experts on hand on the day.”

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Pictured above: Airport environment manager Melanie King, charging their new Nissan e-NV200 at Bristol Airport