Lambert Now Offers Free Vehicle Charging Stations

Lambert-St Louis International Airport has expanded its alternative fuels programme with new public vehicle charging stations and the use of new electric vehicles for its parking operations.
Electric vehicle owners can now park at Super Park Lot A directly across from Terminal 1 and get a free charge during the stay.  The airport has added five charging stations to the lot in response to the growing trend of electrical vehicles in the region.
Four compact GEM electric vehicles have been purchased for the airport’s Super Park operations, which includes two terminal garages and four long-term lots.  The vehicles will be used for routine lot patrols and maintenance operations.  They have an on-board 72-volt DC charger that plugs into a standard 110-volt AC 15-amp outlet.  The vehicles cost approximately 50% less than previous vehicles operated for the same uses.
Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge commented:  “The addition of new vehicle charging stations is a direct response to customer demand and we’re glad we can support our customers who want to plug in while they park.
“On the airport’s side, we’re plugging in too.  This means great savings up front in new vehicle costs as well as all the benefits of using a cleaner source of energy to operate these vehicles.”
Lambert’ alternative fuels fleet practices began with a program in the late 1980s.  It currently operates more than 120 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, including nearly 40 CNG Super Park shuttle vans.  The airport operates two CNG fueling stations for airport vehicles and some corporate fleets in the region.  Lambert also operates a bio-diesel fleet which includes pickups, runway brooks, runway blowers, runway ploughs, street cleaners and fire trucks.
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