Amsterdam Schiphol seeks 20 new electric cars in drive for all-electric transportation throughout airport
Schiphol’s new Tazzari ZERO electric car (photo: Schiphol TV)
Wed 8 Dec 2010 – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has signed an agreement for the purchase of 20 electric small and mid-size passenger and company cars. The airport authority will issue functional specifications for the various vehicle categories this month in a Request for Proposal. Delivery is expected to begin in mid 2011 and continue into 2012 and 2013. The airport says that investment in sustainable mobility will help to achieve its aim to be carbon neutral by 2012 and to generate 20 percent of its own energy using sustainable methods by 2020.
The announcement was made during a call for tenders meeting of the Dutch Consortium for the Tender of Electric Cars (DC-TEC), a foundation established in May to organize and conduct a public call for tenders on the EU model for the purchase of electric vehicles. The aim of the consortium – which includes leading multinational organizations and government bodies – is to create a national market for electric vehicles and securing them at the best possible quality and price for the participants.
Commenting on the purchase agreement, Maarten de Groot, Executive Vice President & COO of Schiphol Group, said: “For us it’s the logical next step to the rollout of electric transportation throughout our airport. Electric transportation contributes to sustainable mobility and to clean, responsible energy management, which are two key themes of corporate responsibility.”
The airport has adopted the electric transportation logo created by the City of Amsterdam, which is part of the New Amsterdam Climate programme. Two electric cars – a THINK City and a Tazzari ZERO – have already been introduced at the airport for use by airport staff for business transportation.