Postal operator Jersey Post has introduced 15 Nissan e-NV200 electric vans into its postal delivery fleet as part of an ongoing infrastructure upgrade. The new vans will serve as replacements for 32 existing vehicles within the Jersey Post fleet.
The post already uses the same van model in diesel form and has been impressed with the vehicle’s performance and 140ft3 load capacity. Jersey Post’s current vehicle fleet has more than 110 vans, the majority of which are on a rolling four-year warranty agreement.
The move will reduce Jersey Post’s carbon footprint by 35 tons a year, as each replacement van’s emissions will be approximately 95% lower than its counterpart’s. The post intends to replace other diesel vehicles when they come to the end of their warranty.
Andy Jehan, director of operations at Jersey Post, said, “Not only are these vehicles fantastic in terms of their minimal impact on the environment, but they offer a great load capacity and are very well suited to the type of stop/start driving over short distances that is typical of life in Jersey. The added bonus is that the solution we agreed on is actually very cost-effective over a four-year period, potentially a saving of up to 40% over four years, compared with our previous arrangements.”
Utility firm Jersey Electricity (JE) was responsible for implementing the new vehicle charging points at Jersey Post headquarters, including the installation of an independent and dedicated electricity supply and metering equipment in the rear parking lot.
Chris Ambler, CEO of JE, said, “To have a large fleet owner like Jersey Post transition to electric vehicles is a major step for the island. As a result of JE’s long-term strategy to import low-carbon electricity from France, Jersey’s electricity supply is 10 times cleaner than that distributed in the UK. We have already helped reduce Jersey’s overall carbon emissions by a third over the last few decades, and we have a central role in helping the island achieve the target of an 80% reduction from 1990 levels by 2050.”
September 7, 2016