Nissan leaf ‘Eco-Hearse’ uses environmentally friendly final trip

A UK based funeral director has taken on a modified Nissan Leaf, using its patrons an environmentally friendly last journey. 
Leverson & Sons –the funeral directors in question – claim that the leaf hearse is the UK’s first all-electric ‘Eco-Hearse’, and it’s available for hire alongside a lot more standard funeral cars.
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Developed and built by Northamptonshire based Brahms electric Vehicles, the leaf needs to undergo several major modifications in buy to make it procession worthy.
The a lot of evident modification is on the passenger side of the automobile – the doors have been replaced with one large glass panel, so it’s possible to load a coffin into the car.  A new horizontal crash beam has been placed on that side of the leaf too.
The coffin itself takes up plenty of space in the cabin, so much so that the motorist actually sits alongside it rather than in front of it. A motorised deck indicates it can be raised or lowered, so it doesn’t impede the driver’s side view. 
With the modifications in place, range does take a hit – the leaf hearse is capable of a claimed 85 miles on a single charge compared to the 124-mile claimed range of the entry level 24kWh automobile as it comes from the factory. Brahms, the Eco-Hearse’s maker, says that the fuel savings compared to a gas guzzling standard hearse indicates it makes sense though.
Unsurprisingly, Leverson & Sons also uses Leafs as procession cars, and for the most environmentally friendly send-off possible biodegradable coffins are available too.
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