Postal service Jersey Post has added 15 new Nissan e-NV200 electric vans to its delivery fleet, replacing existing diesel versions of the same model. The changes also saw Jersey Post install eight new Rolec chargers to keep the EV fleet working.
With more than 110 vans on its fleet, the move represents a significant step forward to reducing Jersey Fleet’s carbon footprint, with 35 tonnes of CO2 expected to be saved each year by the new additions. Each van sees a 95 per cent reduction in emissions compared with the model it replaces, and the company intends to replace more diesel models with electric vehicles as and when they come to the end of their use cycle. More than 30 vans are approaching this milestone.
Jersey Electricity has had a hand in the changeover, ensuring there is the infrastructure available to support the use of the electric vans. A new, independent electricity supply has been set-up, with 270 meters of cable used to connect the eight dual-outlet charge points up.
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 per cent over four years, compared to our previous arrangements.”
Jersey Electricity 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 per cent reduction from 1990 levels by 2050.”
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Photo courtesy of Andy Le Gresley from JerseyPost.com