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S Newman buys electric jeep

S Newman buys electric jeep

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If you see this fully branded, snazzy little electric jeep buzzing around the market, it’s a new purchase by S Newman and Son.

The firm’s Michael Mansfield said he saw it while he was scrolling through the internet. “It’s built in China. I thought it was a brilliant idea to try and help the market when it moves to its new phase: to have the buyers going up and down rather than pushing their trolley; to have an electric motor to get from A to B. It’s all green energy and a good advertisement for everyone,” he added.

How did he actually buy it from China, we asked. "I watched a couple of YouTube videos of people in America going through Alibaba. I thought it was a bit of a risk – you don’t really know what you’re getting. I think I got quite lucky,” said Michael. “All the export documentation fell to me. It seemed quite fun to start with – it’s a cheap truck. Then the real fun arrived when it got to Southampton port. All sorts of charges and hidden fees. But I did it! It’s brilliant to drive – like a little go kart."

Tommy Leighton
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