Harrods go electric with Nissan 0

Harrods-go-electric-with-NissanHarrods has added a Nissan e-NV200 to its fleet of delivery vehicles, over a century after the exclusive London store first used an electric vehicle to make deliveries.

The E-NV200 is capable of covering a range of 106 miles on a single charge. Nissan say this should allow it to make around 50 deliveries each week covering 150 miles on average. This means Harrods should in theory only need to charge it once a week. The car maker has also claimed the vehicle’s running costs will be as low as 2p per mile.

This isn’t the first time Harrods have used EVs as part of their delivery fleet. As far back as 1919, the department store used solid tyre American Walker electric vans, before building its own fleet of 60 electric vehicles. The growth of the petrol engine eventually drove them into extinction, but the new e-NV200 heralds the return of electric powered vehicles to the Harrods fleet.

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“Harrods was one of the first companies in the UK to develop an all-electric commercial fleet, introducing our first electric vehicle over 100 years ago,” said Guy Cheston, media sales director at Harrods. “Electric technology has developed rapidly since our old fleet was in operation, and is now a far more sustainable transport solution.”

“It’s wonderful to see an electric Harrods van on the roads of London again. As one of Britain’s largest established department stores, we are committed to reducing our carbon emissions and mitigating our environmental footprint. As part of our carbon and energy management policy, we have identified transportation as a key area where we can make a real impact.”

The Nissan EV is 100 percent electric and has been developed exclusively for Harrods, with the load space fully refrigerated to allow for grocery deliveries. The van is also sporting the store’s distinctive green and gold livery.

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