Three electric cars for use by employees involved in aircraft servicing were introduced at Tallinn Airport in Estonia on January 3.

According to Indrek Nõlvak, member of the management board of operator Tallinn Airport GH, the introduction of electric cars is important for the company’s environmental goals as well as cost management.

“Last year, we began using electric scooters to move around the airport – they were warmly welcomed by staff. In order to allow our staff to use green transport to service aircraft during the winter, we decided to purchase the first electric cars,” he said. The cars were provided by City Motors following a public tender.

The new Dacia Spring electric cars will replace small vehicles which consumed around 2,500 litres of fuel per car per year. The introduction of electric cars will reduce the airport’s annual emissions into the air by more than 17,000kg, and this will also have a clear economic effect, the operator said.

According to Jüri-Bruno Asari, member of the management board of City Motors, the airport’s decision sets a great example for all companies that want to show responsibility and reduce their daily carbon footprint. “The decision of Tallinn Airport to start using Dacia Spring electric cars for aircraft servicing makes it possible to do it in an environmentally friendly and much more cost-effective way than with vehicles with internal combustion engines.

“When we participated in the procurement, we took into account in detail all the aspects that would allow the vehicles to perform the tasks set for them in the best possible manner. We believe that this step will give the electrification of Tallinn Airport’s fleet an even bigger boost,” he said.

Tallinn Airport aims to be carbon neutral by 2030.

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