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Families given opportunity for more eco-friendly funerals with new electric hearse

Mourners in Belfast and the surrounding area can now arrange a more environmentally friendly send off for their loved ones thanks to the introduction of a new electric-powered zero-emission hearse. 

Funeral Partners are one of the first funeral businesses in Northern Ireland to introduce a green machine to their fleet of vehicles.  

The electric option is now available at each of the five James Brown and Sons branches across Belfast and their funeral homes in Shore Road, Whiteabbey and the Beverley Shopping Centre in Newtownabbey.

It is also on offer at John Gray & Co Funeral Directors in Newtownards, Bangor and Holywood, Mulhollands Funeral Directors in Carrickfergus and Larne, Houston & Williamson Funeral Directors in Belfast, and Shields of Donaghadee Funeral Directors.

Kylie Gourley, Operations Manager for Funeral Partners in Northern Ireland, said she was hoping the new Nissan Leaf vehicle would prove popular. 

“It’s all about offering choice,” she said. 

“More and more, we are finding many of the families may have driven an electric car themselvesor lived a life where they were passionate about the environment or conscious about climate change, so having the opportunity to offer that choice can only be a positive thing. 

“It looks almost identical to a regular hearse, just a little smaller with no middle seat, so you do not lose anything with the look and feel.

“We know there is a demand for this and hope it will allow us to offer an even better service to families who need to arrange funerals – and also be good for our planet.”

If you would like to arrange a funeral with the electric hearse, or for any other support with funeral arrangements, visit the website of your local branch.

Funeral Partners are one of the first funeral businesses in Northern Ireland to introduce a green machine to their fleet of vehicles.  

The electric option is now available at each of the five James Brown and Sons branches across Belfast and their funeral homes in Shore Road, Whiteabbey and the Beverley Shopping Centre in Newtownabbey.

It is also on offer at John Gray & Co Funeral Directors in Newtownards, Bangor and Holywood, Mulhollands Funeral Directors in Carrickfergus and Larne, Houston & Williamson Funeral Directors in Belfast, and Shields of Donaghadee Funeral Directors.

Kylie Gourley, Operations Manager for Funeral Partners in Northern Ireland, said she was hoping the new Nissan Leaf vehicle would prove popular. 

“It’s all about offering choice,” she said. 

“More and more, we are finding many of the families may have driven an electric car themselvesor lived a life where they were passionate about the environment or conscious about climate change, so having the opportunity to offer that choice can only be a positive thing. 

“It looks almost identical to a regular hearse, just a little smaller with no middle seat, so you do not lose anything with the look and feel.

“We know there is a demand for this and hope it will allow us to offer an even better service to families who need to arrange funerals – and also be good for our planet.”

If you would like to arrange a funeral with the electric hearse, or for any other support with funeral arrangements, visit the website of your local branch.

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