Nissan e-NV200 As Modern Milk Float

FEB 4 2015 BY MARK KANE 21

 Andrew Brown of Grimshaw Lane Dairy with new Nissan e-NV200

Andrew Brown of Grimshaw Lane Dairy with new Nissan e-NV200

Electric milk floats have a long history in the UK and thanks to the Nissan e-NV200, we expect a renaissance.

Grimshaw Lane Dairy in Ormskirk recently replaced four of its vehicles with brand new electric vans and seems extremely happy.

Electric cars are cheap to operate, range is sufficient for 50 miles a day, drivers like it, and the motor is silent so you don’t wake the neighbors. This is why Grimshaw Lane Dairy soon will swap its last two diesels to electric too.

“A Lancashire dairy is milking the benefits of the award-winning Nissan e-NV200 – using the versatile all-electric van as a 21st century version of the traditional British milk float.

Grimshaw Lane Dairy in Ormskirk has taken delivery of four e-NV200 vans from Crosby Park Nissan in Liverpool and is using them to make its daily deliveries to homes and businesses in and around the town.

The four vehicles – named Tilly, Bovine, Ermintrude and Daisy by the drivers – have replaced a fleet of aging diesels and each covers around 50 miles a day making roughly 500 deliveries apiece.

And Managing Director Andrew Brown, who plans to swap his two remaining diesel vehicles with e-NV200s in the coming months, is already saving £900 a month in fuel bills.

What’s more, the generous spec’ and smooth drive of the e-NV200 means driver morale is now at an all-time high and residential customers are happy as early morning deliveries, which start at 1.30am, are now made in near silence.”

“When considering the e-NV200, Andrew was impressed that the model came with two sliding side doors as standard and offered easy cross-cab access, perfect for multi-drop delivery operations.

Driver satisfaction was also a major consideration, but equipment levels on board the e-NV200 – particularly the ability to defrost their vehicles from an app on their phones before getting up to start their shifts in the early hours – has proved an instant hit.

The environmental benefits of the e-NV200, which offers zero emissions mobility, were also a major bonus.”

Andrew Brown stated:

“Switching to the Nissan e-NV200 was a no brainer for us. Basically the savings we’re making on the fuel have paid for the contract hire on the vans and we’ll be saving on the maintenance too.”

“We’ve effectively got four new vans for what we’d have been spending on fuel.”

“There’s nobody greener than a milkman. In terms of food miles nothing can compete with us and we recycle everything.”

“Having a fleet of vehicles that fit perfectly with that whole ethos is fantastic.”

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Great van, whens it coming to USA?

Wait, they still deliver milk in the Uk!?!

They still deliver milk in the US. Our dairy here, Morning Fresh Dairy, even uses an electric truck from Boulder Electric Vehicles.

So I understand. My parents still get it in the south, but not in my part of the country – everyone just goes to the supermarket round here.

We have deliveries in Seattle

If you are referring to Amazon Fresh, I can’t wait until they roll that out in Houston.

Left Coast is the only ones getting the new generation of delivered groceries.

Just to be clear, I was referring to daily delivery of milk, like in the days before people could refrigerate it themselves. General grocery delivery is a bit of a different thing.

Wow, I thought refrigeration would have put them out of business.

I’m surprised they don’t make a minivan version of this

I’d buy one for my sister in a heartbeat

I think they do?? Mark? Anyone?

The first thing I thought when I saw this van is why don’t the supermarkets deliver groceries in them? Milk is a good start but really any delivery vehicles with short trips from base should be moving to these.

“Electric cars are cheap to operate, range is sufficient for 50 miles a day, drivers like it, and the motor is silent so you don’t wake the neighbours.”
(spelling mistake corrected)
No chance of anyone in MY street being woken by the milkman.
Nobody has used a milkman for years. Maybe decades!

The Nissan e-NV200 certainly is a snazzy vehicle. But I can’t help but wonder if the needs of a milk float couldn’t be met just as well, and at significantly lower cost, by a smaller low-speed EV… in other words, an NEV. In fact, the tiny pickup-truck style NEVs look pretty much -like- a milk float.

The clue was in the article – not enough range at 50 miles – and would have to specially ship all the way from Canada.

I wasn’t trying to advertise that particular NEV; I was just giving an example of the appearance.

If the NEV I pointed to doesn’t have sufficient range (really, less than 50 miles?), that could easily be increased with a larger battery pack.

A NEV could work quite well for residential-only routes. Not so well if it has to take intermediate roads with 40+ mph speed limits.

I live in a suburb where our subdivision is surrounded by farms, so it’s not that uncommon to see farm vehicles making their slow way down the road. I won’t claim it’s not annoying, but I certainly wouldn’t ever claim the slow-moving vehicle doesn’t have the right to share the road with my car, even where the speed limit is 40 MPH.

There are plenty of reports the ZENN (a brand of NEV) can be “hacked” to drive 35 MPH, even though it’s limited to 25 MPH as sold. But this article is about a delivery route in England, and I have no idea what the laws are there regarding the top speed for NEVs.

Anyway… if an NEV manufacturer can’t build a milk float that can drive at a speed of 35 MPH (which should suffice for 40 MPH roads), then it’s for legal reasons, not engineering reasons.

In the “old days” the milk floats were all NEVs because with everyone getting deliveries the total distance travelled by each float was low. Now the customers are more spread out and the NEVs are no longer useful.

Ah! Thanks for explaining, Stephen.

Too bad the article didn’t.

Does it still come in GLASS Bottles?
That’s when it tasted best.

This is great banter