Fleet vehicles operating at airports provide an ideal option for battery alterations that can reduce the overall price of LEVs. With this in mind, Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has electrified its fleet with reduced battery sizes to account for the limited travel required of the vehicles.
At the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, 8,000 vehicles make up the airport fleet, with typical fixed routes being less than 4 kilometres per day for these vehicles. This entire fleet has been electrified in a very short time, and Schiphol Airport was certified carbon neutral in 2014 by the Airport Carbon Accreditation group, largely due to the Airport’s carbon reduction plan and the emphasis it placed on road transportation.xv
Reasons for success
With short rides at low speeds, it was more economical to electrify the airport fleet to reduce maintenance costs and increase emissions performance.
When/why a city might adopt an approach like this
Fleet vehicles operating at airports are a good example of fixed route vehicles where battery alterations can help reduce the overall price of LEVs and increase uptake. Cities that can identify such niche markets can look towards Amsterdam’s electrification of Schiphol vehicles as a strong model for rapid uptake of LEVs.
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