Don't worry, there's a limousine version for the living, too.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is being transformed into an electric hearse courtesy of Coleman Milne, giving you a silent way to go to the great beyond. But not wanting to leave out the living, the specialty vehicle manufacturer has also revealed plans for a Mustang Mach-E limousine.
This is not the first time Coleman Milne has dabbled in electric hearses, previously turning a Tesla Model S into a chariot of the dearly departed called the Whisper hearse, but the company claims it will be doing more of this sort of thing heading into 2023, with the Mach-E also forming the foundation of an electric limousine - another concept we're no strangers to but will have to get used to in coming years.
The new range of cars is called "Etive" after a river in the West Scottish Highlands and features all the latest electric vehicle technology. Both the hearse and limousine versions are being offered in the UK and the rest of Europe in left and right-hand drive configurations and will be available for 'test drives' in the first half of 2023.
The Etive range is based on the standard range battery-equipped Mustang Mach-E, which means a 75 kWh battery (70 kWh usable) and an estimated range of 200 miles on the WLTP test cycle. Recharging from 10-80% takes just 38 minutes, meaning the Mach-E hearse can easily be recharged on the go at any public charging station - hopefully, not while fully laden, we might add.
Coleman Milne hasn't gone into the details of how much each vehicle was modified, but the wheelbase has been substantially lengthened. While the battery pack remains the same, the rear motor would have to be moved back substantially to accommodate the new rear axle placement.
A full-length viewing deck features on the hearse with space for flowers and other personal tributes, and the car retains seating for "three full-size bearers" with three-point seatbelts. Plenty of customization awaits, with a power liftgate, sliding deck, illuminated signage, and an under-draw sliding deck available.
The limousine features equally as many changes and has not just been lengthened but had its roof raised by 4.5 inches for extra passenger comfort. Because of the lengthened wheelbase and cabin, the Etive limousine turns the Mustang Mach-E into an eight-seater EV (including driver), with options for privacy glass and a middle glass partition.
Coleman Milne has retained all the driver assists of the standard car, with the likes of lane departure warning preventing further emotional trauma on your final day on this mortal coil, and the full suite of connectivity features is applicable via the 15.5-inch infotainment touchscreen and 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster. Backed by a full manufacturer guarantee and an eight-year battery warranty, there's further peace of mind, too.
"We have long championed the electric hearse at Coleman Milne, and we're proud to welcome the Etive hearse and limousine as the latest additions to our range," said Graham Clow, National Sales Director at Coleman Milne. "Our excellent, long-standing relationship 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 with all the benefits and innovations found in today's electric vehicles."
We've seen stranger hearses before, but we never thought the day we'd see the official electric pony car become the chariot of the deceased.