Funeral Partners have taken delivery of the first of two new state-of-the-art electric vehicles based on the Ford Mustang Mach-E as they continue their ambitious plans to reduce their carbon emissions.
The country’s third largest funeral business were the first to secure the Mustang hearse and limousine from the new Etive range from vehicle specialists Coleman Milne.
Both of the vehicles will be based at G W Turner Funeral Directors in Edgeley, near Stockport, which has been serving their community for more than a century having first been established in 1907.
Funeral Partners’ investment in electric vehicles is part of their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Strategy which sets our objectives to understand the full extent of their carbon emissions, minimise the environmental and human impact of business operations and enable people to make funeral choices based on their own values and environmental concerns.
As well as being carbon neutral, the vehicles also offer a smooth comfortable ride, have all the modern benefits and innovations found in modern electric cars and are quiet, which is crucial for use in funerals.
Mark Potts, Head of Operational Support at Funeral Partners said: “These cars are absolutely exceptional, and I am sure they will be very popular with the families we serve at G W Turner Funeral Directors.
“A lot more people are now more conscious about their environmental impact, so if we can offer their family the option for a carbon neutral vehicle for a funeral then that can only be a positive.
“I can’t wait to see them on the roads and operating during one of our funerals.”
Funeral Partners Chief Executive Sam Kershaw added: “We’ve made a commitment to cut our carbon footprint, and this is another step in our planning.
“These vehicles will help give families choice, the electric hearses we have already introduced to our fleet have proved popular, and I am sure these luxury options will be just as well-liked. They are an impressive and unique transportation for a loved one’s final journey.”
The hearse includes noiseless operation, a flat, full-length deck with ample space for personal flower tributes, three full-size bearer seats with lap and diagonal seatbelts, and a glass roof while the limousine is luxuriously appointed and can carry seven passengers in addition to the driver.
Graham Clow, National Sales Director at Coleman Milne said: “We’re so pleased to hand over the first of these vehicles to Funeral Partners.
“The Mach-E is the perfect base for a comfortable, quiet and respectful hearse and limousine.
“This will provide the team at G W Turner Funeral Directors with all the benefits and innovations found in today’s electric vehicles.”