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The UK’s first all-electric airport shuttle, Driven, has debuted its services.
Its vision is to take cars to airports off the road, replacing them with zero emission shuttles.
New analysis of Civil Aviation Authority data by Driven has identified over 139 million passengers per year travel by private car, taxi, minicab or Uber to the UK’s 11 major airports.
This represents 72 per cent 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.
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.
Driven operates a fleet of seven-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 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.
Advance booking, for example at the same time you book your flight, means it can cost from just £9 per person for a 40-minute trip.
Customers book their time and day and Driven collects them at their location in a silent, luxury, zero-emission vehicle.
Mark Long, chief executive at Driven, said: “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.”