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Helping Horticulture Go Electric

Helping Horticulture Go Electric

We recently delivered one of our latest 4WD Pioneer Models to The Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, situated near Lostwithiel in Cornwall.

The Duchy of Cornwall Nursery started commercial operations in 1974. It is part of The Duchy of Cornwall private estate, established in 1337. The current Duke of Cornwall, HRH The Prince of Wales is the longest-serving Duke in history.

The Duchy Nursery is not only a centre of horticultural excellence but very much a major visitor attraction – a leading garden and specialist retail & food centre. As part of the Duchy of Cornwall Estate, the Nursery completely embraces HRH The Prince of Wales’s ethos on sustainability and environmental responsibility.

It is this underpinning philosophy, that led the Nursery Management team to investigate the advantages and benefits of ‘all electric’ power when looking for an environmentally friendly ‘general workhorse’ to undertake a wide variety of tasks and chores around the extensive site, replacing a carbon fuelled tractor whilst reducing emissions.

We have already supplied our ‘all electric’ quads to a variety of horticultural operations and visitor attractions around the globe and were able to demonstrate to the Duchy Nursery Team, not only a range of ‘task specific’ robust UK manufactured electric vehicles but also a long-established commitment to environmental sustainability – a shared ethos.

Helping Horticulture Go Electric

The ‘Pioneer’ has been developed from our original 4WD vehicle and has a proven track record for toughness, reliability, plus an appetite for hard work.

Its many and varied duties will include transporting plants & materials around the site by trailer – often negotiating narrow pathways and tight corners – ideal for the Quad with its nimble steering and performance. Its near silent running is also an important must when operating amongst the public.

The Pioneer has been finished in a striking green livery and sports the distinctive Duchy of Cornwall Nursery logo.

Karl Taylor, Head of Enterprise at The Duchy of Cornwall Estate stated.  

“Like everything concerned with day-to-day operations at the Nursery we make a point of always working with the best equipment – Eco Charger made a great effort to suggest a suitable vehicle that matched our many and varied requirements and the Pioneer proved to fit the bill! All the team are now lining up to put it through its paces as our busy summer season gets into full swing”

To see the latest Eco Charger Quad in action, take a trip to The Duchy Nursery this summer