Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has expanded its highly successful alternative fuels program 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 added five charging stations to the lot in response to the growing trend of electrical vehicles in the region. Super Park offers free shuttle service to both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 from Lot A.

The Airport has also purchased four compact GEM electric vehicles for its 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. The vehicles have an on-board 72-volt DC charger that plugs into a standard 110-volt AC 15-amp outlet. The vehicles cost approximately 50 percent less than previous vehicles operated for the same uses.

“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,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “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 in the years to come.”

Lambert is already a leader in alternative fuels fleet practices with a program that began in the late 1980s. Lambert 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 plows, street cleaners and fire trucks.