Harrods has added an all-electric Nissan e-NV200 to its van fleet – nearly a century after it first used EV tech for deliveries.
In 1919, the high-end store used American Walker electric vans before building its own fleet of 60 vehicles to deliver goods around the capital. However, they were phased out as petrol became more popular.
Guy Cheston, media sales manager at Harrods, said: “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.”
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Nissan has adapted the van to suit the luxury department store’s needs with a fully refrigerated load space complete with shelving units for groceries. On the outside, it has been wrapped in Harrods’ iconic green and gold branding.
The Japanese manufacturer claims that Harrods is expecting the van to be used in about 50 deliveries per week, travelling an average of 150 miles in that time. With an official range of 106 miles, recharging should only be required once per week.
This e-NV200 is one of more than 27,000 electric vehicles Nissan has sold to businesses across Europe since 2014.
Gareth Dunsmore, director of electric vehicles for Nissan Europe, said: “The Nissan e-NV200 is designed for forward-thinking businesses and I am delighted that Harrods has put its trust in us to help it switch to more sustainable transport solutions.”