Jersey Post has been awarded national recognition at the UK’s GreenFleet Awards for its investment in new environmentally friendly vehicles.
In the past three years, Jersey Post has undertaken a range of fuel-saving initiatives including the introduction of telematics, stop-start technology and increased driver training. However, it was the move to introduce 15 Nissan e-NV200 electric vehicles to its 116-strong delivery fleet in August 2016 that caught the eye of the GreenFleet judges.
Jersey Post’s current vehicle fleet has over 116 vans, the majority of which are on a rolling five-year warranty agreement. With at least 32 of the current fleet approaching this milestone, Jersey Post worked with a number of local suppliers, namely Jersey Electricity, Freelance and Nissan, to source a solution that not only worked financially, but that also provided a good fit with the company’s CSR policy of minimizing the impact of the postal delivery network on the island and the wider environment.
In recognition of Jersey Post’s successful transition to electric vehicles, the organization picked up the Private Sector of the Year Award (Small to Medium Category) in the GreenFleet Awards. In addition, Jersey Post’s fleet manager, Darren Moon, was awarded a Highly Commended certificate in the Fleet Manager of the Year category for his involvement in the project.
Andy Jehan, director of operations at Jersey Post, said, “The project was a huge piece of work, not only because of the physical changes that had to be made to accommodate charging points and electrical feeds, but also the financial work and planning that was required to ensure that the model would work for us moving forward. Not only are these vehicles fantastic in terms of their minimal environmental impact, but also they provide the added bonus that the solution we agreed on is actually very cost-effective over a five-year period, potentially a saving of up to 40% over five years compared with our previous arrangements.”
The move to electric will see Jersey Post’s carbon footprint reduced by 35 metric tons aper year, as each van’s emissions will reduce by around 95%. The acquisition of 15 e-NV200s is just the start of the de-carbonization of Jersey Post’s 116-vehicle fleet as the utility intends to replace other diesel vehicles as and when they come to the end of their warranty.
November 24, 2016