Electric hearse available for eco-friendly funerals

Gareth Herincx

2 days ago
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Co-op Funeralcare launches Nissan Athena Electric hearse

The respectful silence of a funeral cortege is set to get even quieter in Scotland as the UK’s largest funeral provider, Co-op Funeralcare, launches a Nissan Athena Electric.

Featuring the chassis of a Nissan Leaf EV, an exterior structure made from recycled composite materials further enhances its sustainability credentials.

Co-op Funeralcare is also introducing a private ambulance based on a Maxus van – it’s 100% electric too for an even more discreet service.

The all-electric funeral fleet will serve communities right across the Edinburgh region, including Dalkeith, Galashiels, Leith, Piershill, Musselburgh, Niddrie, North Berwick, Tranent and Sighthill.

“We are excited to be bringing our fully electric Nissan hearse and private ambulance to Scotland to offer dignified, elegant and environmentally friendly services for families and communities in the area.

“The way people choose to say goodbye is changing and those who have worked hard to reduce their carbon footprint in life, are also passionate about reducing their impact on the planet when they pass away.”

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Bridgestone makes tyres for EVs

Less than one in 10 UK motorists know the difference between standard tyres and EV tyres – and the money-saving benefits they offer.

The number of electric car owners on our roads stands at 477,000, but only a small percentage of them know the importance of fitting custom-made EV tyres to the wheels, according to Bridgestone’s YouGov commissioned research.

Of 2,000 motorists questioned,, 47% said they will be switching to an EV to save on high fuel costs, with 56% sold by the environmental benefits of driving an electric car.

However, the lack of knowledge on EV tyres could undermine any savings made with more trips for tyre replacements.

EVs are much heavier than conventional cars and the added weight is ultimately carried by the tyres. Without adaptation to compensate, non-EV tyres are much more likely to wear quicker and won’t last as long.

“What’s clear from our survey is that very few motorists are aware that there are tyres specifically designed for electric vehicles and even fewer know the benefits of them,” said Bridgestone’s North Region Vice President Andrea Manenti.

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