London Luton Airport has begun a new trial to reduce drop-off and pick-up charges for drivers of electric vehicles (EVs), as part of its efforts to encourage the use of sustainable modes of transport.

“We’ve always encouraged people to travel to the airport in more sustainable ways such as taking the train and to leave their cars at home,” said Jonathan Pollard, CCO at London Luton Airport. “That’s why we’re introducing this discount for electric vehicles.”

Drivers of EVs will be allocated a dedicated section of the airport’s multi-storey car park for a reduced charge of £2 for a maximum of 30 minutes – a 75% reduction compared with the rate for other vehicles. In addition EV drivers will be able to use charging points for free during this period.

The trial will run until 30 September 2019 and if successful the reduced rate will be brought in on a permanent basis. “If there’s enough demand, we plan to make the incentive permanent and address any requirement to increase the number of electric charging points,” continued Pollard.

Luton has invested over £160 million to transform the airport and increase capacity to 18 million passengers per year by 2020. In addition to a complete redesign of the terminal and new retail concessions, major upgrades to transport links and new car parking facilities are all integral to the redevelopment of the airport.

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