Latest vehicle achieves zero emissions

New hearse

In January 2023, David and Adele Gallagher, owners of Gallagher Family Funerals in Keighley, Yorkshire, will celebrate 30 years in business. In the build up to this milestone achievement, the family decided to mark the occasion by adding a new vehicle – the Polaris Mercedes E Class plug-in hybrid hearse from Superior UK – to their fleet.

David said: “The Polaris is so stylish and beautifully built – exactly what we wanted in terms of aesthetics and image.”

However, the Gallaghers were not looking for style; moving forward as an environmentally conscious business they wanted a hearse that could achieve zero emissions.

“The Polaris emits much lower carbon emissions than other hybrid hearses. It offers emission-free driving up to 33 miles, which is well in range for the local crematoriums we travel to and from,” added David. “We were very excited to find that Superior UK was able to supply us a Polaris with hybrid technology.”

The Gallagher hybrid Polaris, delivered by Superior’s Greg Platt, arrived well in time for the firm’s anniversary and is fitting in well with the existing fleet.

David said: “When the hearse arrived, we were thrilled. We still have our original limousines purchased from Superior in 2014 and the new Polaris complements the fleet perfectly. We have used Superior for many years now and we feel the customer care and technical assistance has been excellent.”

As Gallagher Family Funerals looks to the future, the firm aims to continue building and strengthening its business through their fleet, its premises and their commitment to the community. Eldest son and Junior Funeral Director Sam Gallagher, who joined the business in 2021, has a keen interest in environmentally conscious funerals and the family is committed to meeting the highest of standards in the ever-evolving funeral profession.

David added: “We endeavour to ensure that we exceed the expectations of the families we care for on every occasion and take great pride in providing the very best service for the community, with environmental impact always at the forefront of our operations.”

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