Does size really matter in a hearse?
Via Facebook marketplace, you can now pick up a Nissan Leaf custom converted into a hearse because, well, of course you can; it's the internet. The seller describes it as rare, which isn't a good old British understatement as there are at least a few converted Nissan Leafs in the UK delivering bodies to crematoriums and cemeteries. This one appears to have been built by a company called Brahms Electric Vehicles.
The seller also describes the car as "a little bit Marmite," meaning you'll either love it or hate it. However, we neither love it nor hate it. We're just confused by it. However, Brahms Electric Vehicles has an explanation.
"We have made electric hearses really affordable by keeping the overall shape and length of the base vehicle. We provide full visibility of the coffin and flowers through the large side window," says the Brahms Electric Vehicle website. "This is a two-person solution with the driver [and] one passenger behind and the coffin at the side. This configuration and the engineering to achieve it has a full UK patent which will also apply to any make of vehicle, i.e., not just the Nissan Leaf."
Brahms Electric Vehicles sells, or sold (the website was last copyrighted in 2018) these for £45,000 (approx. $54,800). The 2011 model is being offered too casually for a business for £20,000 (approx. $24,000).
According to the seller, it "[fits] a need in your funeral business and allows you to offer a green option." This is becoming an increasingly popular choice for funeral homes, and we've covered a plethora of electric hearse options. Most recently, Coleman Milne launched a stretched Mustang Mach-E hearse, and previously a Dutch firm gave the world the Tesla Model 3 hearse nobody seemed to be asking for.
There's another company in the UK called Wilcox Limousines that (currently) sells what it calls the Nissan Athena Electric Hearse, which is a stretched version of the Nissan Leaf.
It would be easy to make jokes here, but the silence of an electric drivetrain makes total sense in a hearse. Plus, the range is rarely going to be anything of an issue. If we had a say in our own final drive before we're laid to rest, though, we'd just hope it's something a little more stylish than a converted Nissan Leaf.
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