Co-op Funeralcare is introducing a fleet of new all-electric vehicles, as part of its wider climate action plan.

The rollout, part of a £9m UK-wide investment, sees the addition of both the fully electric Mercedes E-Vito Ambulance and Nissan Leaf pool car to the member-owned organisation’s operational fleet, as well as the introduction of the fully electric Ford Mustang Mach e Etive limousine and hearse.

These vehicles have already been made available across East London, Bristol and Leeds, and the rollout, which also includes the addition of EV charging points in all corresponding locations, will continue across the UK throughout 2024.

With each new EV averaging a one and a half tonne CO2 reduction when driven compared to their hybrid predecessors, the move comes as part of a wider commitment by Co-op to be net zero across the entire business by 2040, as outlined in its latest Climate Plan.

Gill Stewart, Managing Director at Co-op Funeralcare, said, “Funerals are changing, and we know how important it is to our member owners and clients that we explore more sustainable options and elements of the service for when they come to us to arrange their loved one’s funeral.

“This is also a significant investment for us, and a key step in our ambition to replace our full fleet of vehicles with fully electric alternatives by 2035, alongside our priority to be net zero across our entire business by 2040.

“We’re pleased to be expanding our fleet with the addition of our brand new all-electric vehicles, and we look forward to expanding the rollout across the UK.”


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