Driven launches UK’s first all electric airport shuttle

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by Mark Johnson

The UK’s first all-electric airport shuttle service was launched today, by startup firm Driven, serving London’s five main airports - Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, London City Airport and Luton. 

The company said it wants a share of the huge market in passengers who take private transport to get to the airport. According to Civil Aviation Authority data, around 139 million passengers per year travel by private car, taxi, minicab or Uber to the UK’s 11 major airports. 

This, Driven said, represents 72% of total journeys to airports including Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester. The vast majority of these are not in zero emission cars, causing harmful impact to local environments.

Driven by ambition: Electric airport shuttle service launches today

Based on this passenger number and an average scenario of two people sharing a 20 mile airport journey in a latest Mercedes Benz E Class diesel saloon car, over 272,000 tonnes of tailpipe CO2 is emitted annually. This is the same as approximately half a billion bathtubs of CO2 each year.

“We’re on a mission to change the way people travel to and from airports, by delivering journeys that are sustainable, affordable and enjoyable. With Driven, you can share your ride or go exclusive and we serve most major UK airports”, Mark Long, CEO at Driven said.

Driven operates a fleet of 7-seat Tesla Model X SUVs for increased environmental efficiency. It offers a door-to-door service, either with exclusive use of the car, or Driven’s new booking technology can match your journey with other passengers who live or work near you, flying at a similar time to you. 

This ride sharing, the firm said, reduces the cost for the public to travel in a state-of-the-art luxury electric car, making zero emission road travel a possibility for many for the first time.

The company said its vision is to take cars to airports off the road, replacing them with zero emission shuttles.

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