Electric fleet earns Jersey Post national green award

Jersey Post collected a national award last night in recognition of its successful transition to electric vehicles. In August Jersey Post introduced 15 Nissan e-NV200 vehicles to its 116-strong delivery fleet with the help of Jersey Electricity, Nissan and local dealer Freelance. Last night the company was rewarded with the Private Sector of the Year Award (Small to Medium Category) at the GreenFleet Awards 2016 held at Edgbaston Cricket Club. 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:  ‘We are so thrilled to have been recognised nationally for our work on introducing a more environmentally friendly delivery fleet. Electric vehicles are perfectly suited to the type of driving that is typical of life in Jersey. 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 to our previous arrangements.’

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Darren Moon said: ‘As well as the financial savings that these vehicles offer, they help us achieve a number of operational objectives, both environmentally and performance-wise. They offer a great load capacity and are very well suited to the type of stop-start driving over short distances that is so normal here in Jersey. I really enjoyed the challenges that this project gave me as Fleet Manager and never thought for one second that it would result in being shortlisted for a national award I'm truly delighted!’

The move to electric will see Jersey Post’s carbon footprint reduced by 35 tonnes a year, as each van’s emissions will reduce by around 95%. Based on 46 miles (74km) a day, in use five and a half days a week, each vehicle will cost around 2p per mile or 92p a day to run on Jersey Electricity’s Commercial Economy 7 tariff. The 15 e-NV200s are just the start of the de-carbonisation 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.

See what the postmen driving the EVs think on a round in an e-NV200.

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