Birmingham Airport has awarded Volvo Bus UK with the contract to supply six ultra-low emission 7900e single-deck buses, to launch at the airport in November 2019.
The electric buses (e-bus) will operate as the free passenger transport service via all airport car park routes. The decision to introduce e-buses followed a review undertaken by the airport into its future vehicle provision.
Nick Barton, chief executive officer of Birmingham Airport, said: “We have made significant customer service improvements across the airport to increase capacity and improve passenger experience, with the vision of positioning Birmingham as one of Europe’s leading regional airports. The electric buses form part of this vision.”
Two high level charging points will be installed outside of the terminal and additional plug-in charging points will be located in the coach park. In the future, these will be made available for other e-bus and or coach operators to use.
Nick Page, managing director of Volvo Bus UK and Ireland, said: “Over the last 15 months the 7900e has undertaken a UK wide demonstration tour where it has shown the contribution that can now be made to improving air quality in the areas where it has been in service.”
Since 2012 Birmingham Airport has reduced its CO2 by 20 percent per passenger, and the implementation of the six Volvo 7900e’s will help the airport to lower this even further.