Here’s something that we’ve often thought about at Green Car Guide: an electric hearse. It would be quiet, refined, and zero emission – all things that funeral-goers would appreciate. And finally, it’s reality.
Coleman Milne, the Bolton-based manufacturer of hearses and limousines, has unveiled its new, all-electric ceremonial range based on the Ford Mustang Mach-E platform.
The premium Etive range, named after the Etive river in the West Scottish Highlands, is the company’s first full-size, zero emission hearse and limousine.
Both vehicles are offered for the UK and European markets in left and right-hand drive configuration and will be available for demonstration in the first half of 2023. Type approval for the model is set to be achieved by the end of the first quarter of this year. The Etive range will undertake accelerated structural durability testing at Millbrook in the coming months to validate its integrity across 40,000 miles of road usage.
The electric Etive Hearse is designed to carry seven passengers, including three full-size bearer seats, in addition to the driver.
Both the hearse and the limousine feature a 75kWh battery, which is capable of delivering an estimated range of up to 200 miles (273 miles on a standard Mach-E). Capable of a 10-80% recharge time of 38 minutes, the vehicles boast rapid charging at speeds of up to 115kW.
Coleman Milne’s expertise in ceremonial vehicle electrification saw it become the first converter to introduce mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric hearse and limousine models to market. The Etive joins a model line-up which includes a plug-in hybrid version of the Mercedes E-Class and the Whisper hearse, based on the Tesla Model S platform and engineered in collaboration with sister company, Binz International.