Birmingham Airport’s introduction of six opportunity-charged Volvo 7900e electric buses on its car park shuttles marks a step in an ambitious plan to offset its planned expansion by drastically reducing its carbon emissions, as ALAN MILLAR reports

Airports Europe’s have earliest become adopters some of of electric buses, countering the growth in carbon emissions from the rise in air travel by seeking to reduce emissions on the ground.

The dual-door Volvo 7900e provide a 24hr dedicated service to all of the airport’s long-term car parks.

In recent years, BYD has supplied 35 of its battery-electric eBuses to Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam and 30 to Brussels Airport, all for airside use. The first twitches in the same direction are now being felt in the UK, with nine vehicles deployed in recent months on landside car park shuttles at two of the larger regional airports.

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