Massport and MassCEC Celebrate Electric Vehicle Subsidy at Logan Airport

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), along with local elected officials, celebrated MassCEC’s recent grant to Massport to support planning and facilitate the transition to more electric vehicles (EVs) in the city. Logan Airport. Bringing more passengers in an electric vehicle is an important step as Massport prepares to become Net Zero by 2031. Participating organizations included representatives from the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, Logan car rental companies, including Avis, Enterprise and Hertz, as well as Uber. and Lyft. Several electric vehicles owned by rental car companies were available for demonstration, including Tesla, Kona and Polestar models.

This grant comes from MassCEC’s Accelerating Clean Transportation for All (ACT4All) program. ACT4All aims to equitably increase access to clean transport across the Commonwealth, reduce emissions in congested areas and build effective community partnerships. ACT4All awarded $5 million to ten projects operating across the state. The Department of Energy Resources contributed funding to the program.

“Offering electric vehicles through rental and ridesharing will catalyze the adoption of electric vehicles and help us achieve our clean transportation and emissions reduction goals,” said Jen Daloisio, CEO of MassCEC. “The growing deployment of electric vehicles at Logan Airport and the accompanying infrastructure will help both educate consumers and begin to reduce emissions in surrounding communities. MassCEC is proud to support this innovative program.

In 2019, there were over 1.3 million rental car transactions at Logan and 2022 is trending towards nearly 1 million transactions. Today, Logan passengers can rent more than 200 electric vehicles from the rental car center or choose an electric vehicle option from Uber or Lyft. By renting an electric vehicle, passengers can see for themselves how easy they are to use and reduce the fear of charging the vehicle.

Demand at Logan Airport for more landside and airside electric vehicle charging continues to grow. Massport has over 40 landside chargers available to the public, in our Parking and Ride App and Taxi Pools. These chargers are funded by Massport’s capital budget as well as grants.

For those driving their own electric vehicle to Logan, 173 hybrid, electric and alternative fuel parking spaces are available and charging ports are located near the terminals with no electricity charges. Massport is also working on transitioning its own fleet to electric vehicles and recently ordered 2 Ford F-150 electric trucks and 2 Ford Transit electric vans for use at Logan Airport.

“The shift to electric vehicles is a critical step toward improving air quality for East Boston and other communities adjacent to the airport and reducing the overall carbon footprint,” said Senator D. ‘State Lydia Edwards. “I applaud Massport and the MassCEC for their efforts to expand sustainable riding options at Logan.”

At today’s event, speakers recognized the airport’s proximity to surrounding communities and how their continued efforts would reduce emissions for all. Hertz senior vice president of operational initiatives Jeff Nieman said his company already has 1,000 electric vehicles in the Boston area, and Michael Chisolm, Lyft’s airport business development manager, reiterated the commitment. of his company to exclusively use electric vehicles by 2030.

“Increasing the adoption of electric vehicles in Logan is another important step toward improving the quality of life in nearby communities,” said state Rep. Adrian Madaro. “Thank you to MassCEC and Massport for working together in transitioning our city to environmentally friendly transportation.”

In 2013, the Rental Car Center, a LEED Gold-certified building with rooftop solar panels, was completed and consolidated the operations of several rental car companies into one location. This decision has enabled Massport to reduce hundreds of daily shuttle trips, reduce emissions and traffic congestion, and create a better experience for passengers who rent vehicles.

“Through partnerships with our car rental companies and Ride App, we are able to offer our passengers more environmentally friendly on-demand transportation options. The MassCEC grant will help us prioritize our ongoing efforts to increase the availability of electric vehicles at Logan Airport,” said Lisa Wieland, CEO of Massport. “Reducing emissions created at Logan is not only good for the environment, it helps us be a good neighbor to surrounding communities, while providing our passengers with the sustainable transportation options they want.”

In March 2022, Massport unveiled a bold new plan to reduce carbon emissions across all properties and become Net Zero by 2031, coinciding with the Authority’s 75th anniversary and nearly two decades before the 2050 deadline. set by the United Nations Paris Agreement to limit climate change to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Roadmap to Net Zero focuses on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Massport-owned facilities, equipment and energy purchases, and outlines actions and strategies to help our airlines, our shipping companies, our cruise operators and other business partners to reduce their emissions. . To achieve this ambitious goal of reaching net zero for emissions controlled by Massport, the Authority is evaluating a number of options. These include improving the energy efficiency of buildings and investing in electric vehicles while increasing demand for HOV transportation.

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