The first of a new state of the art electric hearse will be heading to Funeral Partners

Funeral Partners has become the first funeral services company to invest in a new state-of-the-art electric vehicle based on the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

Coleman Milne will be supplying the first Mustang hearse and limousine from their new Etive range to the country’s third largest funeral business, who have ambitious plans to continue to reduce their carbon emissions.

Funeral Partners Chief Executive Sam Kershaw got his first look at the brand-new Ford Mustang Mach-E electric hearse during a special showcase at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire earlier this month.

Sam said: “We’ve made a commitment to cut our carbon footprint, and this is another step in our planning, this vehicle and our other electric vehicles will help give families other options and is also an impressive and unique transportation for a loved one’s final journey.

“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.

“I’d like to thank everyone at Coleman Milne for their fantastic work, and I can’t wait to receive the first model and see these in action at one of our funerals.”

Graham Clow, National Sales Director at Coleman Milne said: “We’re so pleased Funeral Partners have ordered these fantastic vehicles.

“The excellent, longstanding relationship that we have with Ford enabled us to model the range on its Mach-E platform.

“The Mach-E is the perfect base for a comfortable, quiet and respectful hearse and limousine, while also providing Funeral Directors at Funeral Partners with all the benefits and innovations found in today’s electric vehicles.”

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.

The Mach-E hearse will join the Funeral Partners fleet in the coming weeks, with the limousine to follow soon, after final automobile regulatory, mechanical testing and approval is received.