Nissan e-NV200 Re-Electrifies Iconic Harrods’ Delivery Fleet – video

4 months ago by Mark Kane 4

Harrods, a wholesale grocer and tea merchant was established in 1834 in east London, and has now grown to become one of the world’s most famous department stores … and its getting back to its electric roots!

The company first introduced solid-tyred American Walker electric vans way back in 1919, and late built its own fleet of 60 electric vehicles to deliver goods to local London customers.

Now, nearly 100 year later, Harrods has purchased a Nissan e-NV200 for one of its stores to hopefully start a new chapter.  The van is expected to big up a regular duty shift, and go on more than 50 deliveries per week.

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

In total, Nissan sold more than 27,000 e-NV200 and LEAFs to businesses across Europe.

“Over 100 years after the legendary London department store first added an electric van to its fleet, Harrods is once again returning to EV technology, with the addition of the 100 percent electric 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 percent electric van to Harrods outside its luxury Knightsbridge store this week.

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

The Nissan e-NV200 has been specially adapted to perfectly 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 170 km on a single charge*, which means it is easily capable of making up to 50 deliveries per week covering an average distance of 241 km in the London area with Harrods only needing to charge it once a week.

With an average running cost of as little as €0.03 per km, the e-NV200 offers an alternative practical solution which will have a positive effect on city-centre air quality.

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.”

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

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 EV technology and the e-NV200 was the obvious choice for us, allowing us to easily complete daily deliveries more sustainably and efficiently.”

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

Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe said:

“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. 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.

“The Nissan e-NV200 is designed for forward-thinking businesses and I am delighted that Harrods has put its trust in us to help them switch to more sustainable transport solutions. Harrods is demonstrating to other European retailers how EVs can help to reduce the carbon footprint of their business while providing the practicality and versatility needed to deliver goods to customers across London.”

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4 responses to "Nissan e-NV200 Re-Electrifies Iconic Harrods’ Delivery Fleet – video"

  1. scoops says:

    This is the dream vehicle for my business. A refrigerated e-nv200. Please Nissan! bring it to the US!!! At this point I’m even willing to settle for the 24kWh model! 30 or 60 would be amazing though.

    1. Jason says:

      You would think the 44kWh battery would fit. Nice, flat, for space, should be ideal.
      Nissan have not shown any variety when it comes to the battery layout, just the Leaf design as far as I know.

    2. wavelet says:

      Going by your handle, ice-cream van? Yummy (-:

      There’s already a 33kWh version of the Renault Kangoo, BTW.
      http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/news-and-advice/2016/december/renault-updates-kangoo-ze-electric-van-for-2017/

      Readers here & elsewhere have been puzzled why this class of EV isn’t imported into the US — after all, they’re popular in Europe, and are pretty cost effective both as local delivery vans as well as independent-professional vehicle (think gardener, plumber. appliance-repair technician).

      Problem is, since the ICE versions of these vehicles don’t exist in the US, the carmakers are afraid to test the market with the EV versions. I think they’re missing a big opportunity.

  2. Djoni says:

    Will it travael 170 km with refrigerated cargo?

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