Father Christmas may rely on his reindeer for transport – and they are undoubtedly back at the North Pole recovering now – but a pub owner has discovered a less exhausting way to help get himself, and his punters, around this holiday season.
Nissan e-NV200 Combi
Rafael Krasnodebski – the landlord of Ye Olde Malthouse Inn, based at Tintagel in Cornwall, is using a seven-seater Nissan e-NV200 Combi to make sure his regulars don’t drink-drive over the festive period. He is big into electric vehicles and uses an e-NV200 panel van for collecting his stock. With the electric van costing an average of just 2p per mile to run, it means the extra late-night journeys won’t cost him a fortune.
Rafael said: “I’m a huge believer in electric vehicles and love the e-NV200. That’s why I came up with this idea of driving customers home after closing time. More people are out celebrating at this time of year so I wanted to make sure they have a good time without the worry of getting home afterwards.
“It’ll hardly cost me anything but will ensure visitors get back safe and sound over the Christmas and New Year period. It’s also a great opportunity to get others to experience electric motoring.”
Rafael uses his e-NV200 panel van to collect beer from local breweries as well as food supplies from wholesalers. In addition to the cheaper running costs, the e-NV200 can easily handle the tough terrain of Cornwall’s rural roads and is just right for the 40-mile round trips.
On top of its excellent running costs and emissions, the pub landlord benefits from low maintenance costs – £1,200 less than a normal diesel van over four years. And the driving experience of the e-NV200, means Rafael feels less tired due to the lack of engine vibration in the cabin.
Rafael said: “It’s a pleasure to drive and saves me a fortune on running costs. It makes perfect business sense for me. I know other local business owners are looking at it as well, as they can see the benefits.”