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Harrods' electric van proves everything old is new again

By intouch * posted 21-04-2017 13:40


The iconic retailer Harrods of London has gone full circle to re-introduce electric power to its fleet 100 years after they first used electric delivery vans.

harrods.pngThe new Harrods van is a Nissan e-NV200, complete with the traditional green and gold livery. The electric van is based on the existing Nissan NV200 series, with a modified drive train derived from the Nissan LEAF. The e-NV200 has a range of 170 km from a 360 volt Lithium Ion battery with seven or four-hour recharge time. Pricing starts at around 14,000 GBP.

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. As petrol engines became more popular, the electric vans were slowly phased out. However, with the introduction and development of new infrastructure and technology,  Harrods has an all-electric van on its fleet once again.

“Businesses across Europe are taking major steps to reduce their impact on the environment, and it's great to see such an iconic British department store embracing zero emission technology and putting the e-NV200 on their fleet," Gareth Dunsmore, director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe says.

"Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we are working towards a sustainable future and we believe that zero-emission vehicles, such as the e-NV200 are vital to tackling air pollution – an issue affecting many cities across Europe."

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