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Heathrow backs electric aircraft

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Heathrow Airport has backed plans to develop electric aircraft.   

A spokesperson for the airport suggested that infrastructure for electric aircraft could be implemented into plans to build a third runway. 

A spokesperson for Heathrow said that the technology for recharging electric planes could in theory become part of the potential new third runway project.  

“In terms of electric infrastructure at the airport, we’ve shown a strong track record in similar infrastructure challenges meeting the growing demand for electric vehicles. 

“As aircraft technology develops/changes, we will be looking at how we support it with future infrastructure at the airport. 

“We’re implementing our plans to both drive further EV uptake and build the future charging points that will be required.” 

Heathrow has been a big adopter of electric vehicles and has the highest density of EV charging infrastructure in Europe. The airport already employs many electric small cars and vans at the airport, as well as having charge points for the new electric black cabs.  

Aviation minister Liz Sugg said innovation into commercial electric flight was vital in cutting carbon emissions. 

“The government is committed to cutting carbon emissions and promoting new environmentally-friendly fuels in transport, including in the aviation industry,” she said. “Heathrow’s initiative is an innovative programme which will encourage airlines to invest in electric-hybrid aircraft.

“Our Aviation Strategy will also consider further ways to support the development of cleaner, greener technology in the sector.” 

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