Cambridge Airport is 'switched on' with electric car


08-03-2012

Cambridge Airport is now one of the most ‘switched on’ Airports in the United Kingdom, having taken delivery of a new Peugeot Ion all-electric motor car. The car will be used for a variety of general purposes around the airfield and for runs to and from the Airport into Cambridge.

Marshall of Cambridge Group Environmental Manager, James Heffron, said: “Peugeot Ion is perfect for short regular journeys in and around the Airport, and as this green technology becomes more affordable and accessible, we have plans to see more electric vehicles operating within the Marshall Businesses”.

The car was supplied to the Airport by Marshall of Cambridge Peugeot on Newmarket Road.  The all electric car is powered by rear mounted 64bhp motor, whilst the 88-cell, 16 kWh lithium ion battery pack is mounted under the centre of the vehicle.  The car has a very respectable performance with a top speed of 81 mph and 0-62 mph acceleration in 15.9 seconds.  Like all electric cars the ION can be charged via a standard household electric outlet.  Its battery pack can be charged in around 6 hours, after which it can achieve 93 miles of driving.

Airport Director, Archie Garden, said: “The Airport has been taking a very proactive stand towards ‘sustainability in Aviation’ and with its zero CO² emissions per kilometre ‘at tailpipe’, the Ion will contribute significantly to reducing the carbon emissions from Cambridge Airport”. 

Pictured in the photograph are some of the Airport Team who are already using the vehicle (left to right):  Mark Mantell - Fire Fighter, Paul Fordham - Refueller, James Heffron - Environmental Manager, Stacey Krysta - Airport Operations Assistant and Trevor Jaeger - Ramp Controller

 

 

Cambridge Airport is part of the Marshall Group of Companies, a private family business, owned and managed by the Marshall family. The business was founded in Cambridge in 1909, and entered aviation in 1929. The Marshall Group activities include Cambridge Airport, Marshall Executive Aviation, and Marshall Aerospace, focused on engineering and technology.

Cambridge Airport primarily targets the east of England market with a strong focus on Cambridge and its business, academic and industrial sectors. The airport is ideally positioned for easy access to the City of London with just under an hour’s the drive to Canary Wharf and the East of London the location of the key Olympics venues. With a 1965m/6447ft runway accepting aircraft up to Boeing 757 or Airbus 320 it is suitable for intercontinental business jets as well as small cabin aircraft. It boasts CAA Category 7 Fire & Air Traffic Control status and has full navigational aids and communications, which include radar approach coverage up to 30nm. It has invested in a new GPS approach to complement its ILS system.

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For further information contact:     
TERRY HOLLOWAY
Group Support Executive
The Marshall Group of Companies
The Airport, Newmarket Road
Cambridge, CB5 8RX
Tel: 01223 373227 (Office)./ 07785 316763 (mobile)
 Email: th@marcamb.co.uk 
 www.marshallgroup.co.uk

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Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

Marshall Group