The Energy Blog Helping Jersey Post switch on to low carbon deliveries
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Jersey Electricity is delighted to have been able to help Jersey Post electrify its large fleet of delivery vans by supporting the purchase of 15 Nissan ENV200 models and installing the charging infrastructure necessary for such high use vehicles at Jersey Post’s Rue des Pres Head Office.

The work involved installing a new, independent and dedicated electricity supply and metering equipment in the rear car park, 270 metres of cable and eight dual outlet Rolec wall chargers that operate on Jersey Electricity’s overnight discounted Commercial Economy 7 tariff.

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The move will reduce Jersey Post’s carbon footprint by 35 tonnes a year, as each van’s emissions will reduce by around 95%. The acquisition of 15 ENV200s is just the start of the de-carbonisation of Jersey Post’s 110-vehicle fleet as the utility intends to replace other diesel vehicles as and when they come to the end of their warranty. In November Jersey Post won the Private Sector Fleet of the Year  (Small-Medium Category) at the GleenFleet Awards in the UK.

Based on 46 miles (74km) a day, in use five and a half days a week, the current diesel powered vans will each produce 2.4 tonnes CO2e a year (8.5kg a day). Run on Jersey’s electricity, which is delivered at 33g CO2e /kWh, each Nissan ENV200 will produce just 0.1 tonne CO2e a year.  On Jersey Electricity’s Commercial Economy 7 tariff, each vehicle will cost around 2p per mile or 92p a day to run based on the above mileages.

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JE CEO Chris Ambler 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 Jersey Electricity’s long-term strategy to import low carbon electricity from France, Jersey’s electricity supply is ten 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 central role in helping the Island achieve the target set in the States’ Energy Plan – Pathway 2050 of an 80% reduction from 1990 levels by 2050.

‘De-carbonising transport is the next big – and still largely untouched – step in the Island’s decarbonisation journey. Until now, without Government subsidy and incentives as in the UK, the ‘up front’ costs of EVs have been too high for many companies and personal drivers. But the gap between electric and traditional vehicles is narrowing and I’m delighted that we, in conjunction with Nissan and Freelance, have found a solution for Jersey Post to make electrifying its fleet not only the right thing for the Island but also right commercially.’

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Andy Jehan, Director of Operations at Jersey Post stated:  ‘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.’

The easiest way to spot the new vehicles, that will be operating Island-wide, will be the illustrative logos that appear on each side of the vans. These images were originally designed for Jersey Post's ‘Think Green’ stamp issue which promotes environmental issues such as recycling, conservation, alternative energies and sustainability.