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All-electric Nissan e-NV200 revolutionises iconic Harrods delivery fleet

All-electric Nissan e-NV200 revolutionises iconic Harrods delivery fleet

More than 100 years after legendary London department store Harrods first added an electric van to its fleet, the company has once again returned to zero emission technology, with the addition of the Nissan e-NV200 delivery van.   

The British department store is the latest European business to add a zero emission Nissan e-NV200 to its fleet, with more than 27,000 Nissan electric vehicles sold to businesses across Europe so far.   

Nissan officially handed over the 100% electric van to Harrods outside its luxury Knightsbridge store this week. 

The Nissan e-NV200 has been specially adapted to fit Harrods’ delivery needs. The load space of the van has been fully refrigerated and shelving units added to allow for fresh groceries to be transported in optimum condition.  

The exterior has also been wrapped in the traditional green and gold Harrods livery to make it recognisable as it travels around the city.   

The e-NV200 has a range of up to 106 miles on a single charge, which means it is 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. 

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, Nissan has enabled Harrods to have an all-electric van on its fleet once again.   

Guy Cheston, media sales director 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. 
 

“We have a strong heritage in developing innovative technology, both in-store and out, and 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. Electric technology has developed rapidly since our old fleet was in operation, and is now a far more sustainable transport solution. Nissan is the leader in electric vehicle technology and the e-NV200 was the obvious choice for us, allowing us to easily complete daily deliveries more sustainably and efficiently.”