Harrods has taken delivery of a Nissan e-NV200 100 years since it first added an electric van to its fleet.
Delivered to its Knightsbridge store, the van has been specially adapted with a fully refrigerated load space and shelving units. It also features the traditional green and gold Harrods livery.
The e-NV200 will be used to make daily deliveries to customers. Its range of up to 106 miles on a single charge means it’s capable of making up to 50 deliveries per week covering an average distance of 150 miles in the London area with Harrods only needing to charge it once a week.
Harrods was one of the first companies in the UK to develop an all-electric commercial fleet. In 1919, the store used solid-tyred American Walker electric vans, later building its own fleet of 60 electric vehicles to deliver goods to local London customers. However, as petrol engines became more popular, the electric vans were slowly phased out.
Guy Cheston, media sales director at Harrods, said: “Electric technology has developed rapidly since our old fleet was in operation, and is now a far more sustainable transport solution.”
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