Date published: 12th October 2016
  • New service offers a clean, green transport alternative
  • Electric car sharing service the first of its kind scheme for a UK airport
  • Vehicles can be reserved in advance making journeys quicker and easier

A new electric point-to-point car sharing service is being rolled out at Gatwick Airport to make journeys even greener and easier for passengers travelling to and from the airport thanks to a new partnership with Bluecity.

Electric vehicles are an essential component in tackling London's poor air quality and Bluecity will help London become the electric capital of Europe and further contribute to Gatwick’s strategy to cut its carbon footprint in half by 2020.

With five charging points to be introduced at Gatwick in the coming months, the scheme will be the first of its kind for a UK airport. Passengers will have the freedom to collect vehicles from Gatwick and drop off at dedicated charging points across London, providing greater flexibility and convenience.

Gatwick Airport is the world's busiest single runway airport and the UK's second largest airport serving over 42 million passengers in the past 12 months. The easy to use scheme will provide greater convenience for business passengers or groups of travellers travelling to and from the capital. This exciting new partnership represents another first in Gatwick's journey to be the UK's most sustainable airport.

Gatwick Airport's Chief Commercial Officer Guy Stephenson said:

“Gatwick is at the forefront of driving greater sustainability into aviation, and aims to be the UK's most sustainable airport by 2020. A key component of this is reducing the carbon footprint of surface access, and this unique electric vehicle partnership with Bluecity is an example of how Gatwick Airport intends to make this a reality.

“This innovative new car sharing service also gives additional sustainable transport choices to 42 million passengers now travelling through Gatwick each year, plus more than 20,000 people employed across the airport campus. We're sure it will be very popular.”

Cedric Bolloré, Director of Development at Group Bolloré, said:

“We look forward to collaborating with Gatwick Airport and offering passengers the opportunity to drive one of our electric cars.

“We are convinced that electric vehicles are the future and the solution to reducing air pollution in the UK.”

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Notes to editors:

Gatwick’s latest ‘Decade of Change’ sustainability report shows the airport making strong progress on its 2020 targets which include ambitious reductions in energy, carbon, waste and water. As part of Gatwick’s route map to be the UK’s most sustainable airport, Jacobs was commissioned to identify UK and European airports that are achieving best in class performance for environmental efficiency in energy, waste, water and carbon. Jacobs’ research shows that Gatwick is performing well but can do more to match exemplar performance by airports such as Arlanda and Copenhagen. Later this year Gatwick will be announcing further initiatives as part of its sustainability route map for 2020 and beyond.