Sustainable development 09.12.2021

London Gatwick will build an electric car charging station, a first for an airport in the UK

London Gatwick, member of VINCI Airports network, will become UK’s first airport to get a charging hub for electric vehicles. A partnership between the airport and sustainable energy company GRIDSERVE will build the Gatwick Electric Forecourt® – an electric charging, net zero equivalent to a petrol station - that will be available to millions of passengers, commuters, staff, local residents and businesses that pass through the airport and its surrounding motorway network each year.

The new facility – a UK airport first – will be located on the Ring Road South approach to Gatwick’s South Terminal and adjacent to the M23 – it will enable 36 Electric Vehicles to be charged simultaneously, with high-power chargers that can deliver up to 350 kW of charging power, capable of adding 100 miles of range in less than 10 minutes. Multiple charging connectors will cater for all types of electric cars.
 
The site is due to open in Autumn 2022 and will host a café, comfortable waiting lounge with free superfast WiFi, convenience supermarket, children’s play area and a dedicated educational space to increase awareness around electric vehicles. As with all of GRIDSERVE’s chargers, the site will also be supplied with low cost, 100% renewable net zero carbon energy generated by GRIDSERVE’s own solar farms.
 
The Electric Forecourt® also forms part of Gatwick Airport’s commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions for its internal operations before 2040 and its broader aspirations to become the UK’s most sustainable airport, including through involvement in UK industry plans to reach net zero aircraft emissions by 2050. It also contributes to majority stakeholder VINCI Airports’ global environmental action plan – the first in the industry to be applied to a network of 45 airports in 12 countries – to develop carbon-free energy for passengers and users.
 
Jonathan Pollard, Chief Commercial Officer, Gatwick Airport, said: “Gatwick is pleased to partner with GRIDSERVE to deliver this fantastic and sustainable service. We are on a journey to create a low carbon economy, and Gatwick is keen to play an important role by providing new infrastructure that everyone can use, including a transformed and well-connected railway station, so that together we can start reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. “


About VINCI Airports
VINCI Airports is the world’s leading private airport operator, running 45 airports in 12 countries in Europe, Asia and North and South America. With its expertise in global integration, VINCI Airports develops, finances, constructs and manages airports exploiting its investment capacity and expertise in operational performance optimisation, infrastructure modernisation and environmental transition management. In 2016, VINCI Airports became the first airport operator to adopt an international environmental strategy in order to reach net zero emissions for the entire network by 2050.