Guernsey Post has completed its migration from a diesel to an all-electric home delivery fleet with the purchase of its 82nd electric vehicle.
Boley Smillie, chief executive of Guernsey Post, said, “We started the transition to electric vehicles back in 2016 and we are really pleased to have reached this important milestone. The project has been a real success and the vehicle fleet has exceeded our expectation in terms of efficiency.
“The transition from diesel to electric vans is not just about the elimination of tailpipe emissions, although that has been a notable benefit. There have also been significant cost savings. As an example, our servicing and maintenance costs have fallen by 35%.”
Each vehicle is also connected to a centralized vehicle management system, which helped the post combine its previously separate letter and parcel delivery networks and reduce overall mileage by 15%.
Guernsey Post has also invested in the necessary charging infrastructure at its postal headquarters, where there are currently over 40 electric chargers. Postal headquarters will also soon be the location of a 200kW solar array, which will produce around 200,000kWh, made possible in a deal with Guernsey Electricity. The installation of the solar array will start in July 2019.