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March 28, 2017

A century on, Harrods returns to the electric van

Iconic London department store Harrods in Knightsbridge has returned to its past, adding an electric van to its fleet, after having first adopted the technology in 1919.

Iconic London department store Harrods in Knightsbridge has returned to its past, adding an electric van to its fleet, after having first adopted the technology in 1919.

Its new Nissan e-NV200 is fully refrigerated with shelving units to deliver fresh groceries in top condition. It's painted in the store's traditional green and gold livery.

Nissan claims the range of up to 106 miles on a single charge allows the van to make up to 50 deliveries a week covering an average distance of 150 miles in the London area with Harrods only needing to charge it once weekly.

In 1919, the store used American solid tyre Walker electric vans, later building its own fleet of 60 electric vehicles to deliver goods locally. As petrol engines became more popular, the electric vans were slowly phased out.

Guy Cheston, media sales director at Harrods, said: "Electric technology has developed rapidly since our old fleet was in operation, and is now a far more sustainable transport solution."

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