Our Funeral Vehicle
As pioneering modern funeral directors, we specialise in conducting contemporary style Celebration Of Life funerals and direct cremations throughout Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire as well as further afield upon request. The traditional black hearse is regarded as the symbol of death by many people, but also these large and heavy vehicles are particularly inefficient and waste valuable natural resources.
Typically in the UK, a hearse would be powered by a large V8 petrol engine or a 6-cylinder diesel, neither of which is at all fuel efficient or environmentally friendly in any way. With concern about one’s carbon footprint becoming increasingly widespread and important, we felt it was essential to be able to offer a greener alternative to effectively become our plug-in hybrid hearse.
Most hybrid cars are simply too small to accommodate a large coffin especially with a floral tribute on top, but there are a few suitably large vehicles which are also prestigious enough for this important role. The Volvo you see pictured stood out to us as the vehicle of choice due to its impressive green credentials as well as being sufficiently large. There are also probably more Volvo funeral vehicles in this country than any other brand.
The Trust Funerals plug-in hybrid hearse is a Volvo XC90, the T8 Inscription Pro model, which is the most expensive car Volvo produces. Although this vehicle would be described as a large SUV, in this particular model there is a small petrol engine that powers only the front wheels. This is aided by the electric motor which helps keep the emissions extremely low for this type of vehicle and generally provides a fuel economy of 50 – 100 miles per gallon. Journeys of less than 25 miles can be made with zero emissions from the car and on longer journeys, when the battery has been depleted, the petrol engine can also recharge the battery pack for instant reuse whilst driving.