Taxi drivers have been in touch with me concerned that already high costs for charging a taxi at Heathrow have now been increased. I am concerned that if electric vehicle (EV) charging at Heathrow is too expensive, then car emissions at the airport will increase given that taxi drivers can switch to using petrol instead. What measures will you take to ensure investment in EV charging at Heathrow is used to keep pollution levels as low as possible?
On 1 January 2020, Heathrow Airport Ltd increased the price for rapid charging in their taxi feeder park from approximately 31p to 39p/kWh. This is equivalent to Shell Recharge’s 39p/kWh cost and slightly more than Engenie’s 36p/kWh. There are several other taxi-only rapid chargers nearby which are lower cost.
While Transport for London (TfL) does not have any direct control over setting tariffs at Heathrow, TfL officers are actively engaging with representatives from Heathrow to initiate a review of prices to ensure cost does not pose a barrier to usage.