As the winner of the Green Fleet Award ‘Private Sector Fleet of the Year’ (small to medium), Jersey Post has been rewarded with the use of a state-of-the-art LDV EV80 van which is the only one of its kind in the island.
The new LDV electric van is currently being tested on a range of delivery rounds to ascertain whether a larger electric vehicle would be as well suited to the Jersey roads and driving style as the hugely successful smaller electric vans currently in use.
With Jersey Post’s monthly parcel delivery figures now approaching 55,000 per month, certain delivery rounds would benefit from a larger vehicle which could hold an increased amount of parcels. Once the year-long trial has been completed, Jersey Post will be replacing a further 15 of its existing fleet vehicles with the most suitable electric models.
In 2016, Jersey Post implemented a cleaner delivery fleet strategy with the overall aim of reducing the emissions of the 120-strong vehicle fleet. The organisation purchased 15 Nissan e-NV200s and 22 electric powered bicycles in 2016, and the electric fleet was doubled in 2017 when Jersey Post added an additional 15 Nissans. These electric additions have reduced Jersey Post’s fuel CO2 emissions by an average of 150g/km per vehicle.
Niall McClure, Managing Director of Postal Operations, said, “Winning the award was a fantastic achievement for the team at Jersey Post. The electric vehicle project has been a huge undertaking and the award recognises this and the amount of work that has been completed to date. We are delighted to receive the new LDV electric van and we have put it immediately into action on our delivery rounds. Our electric fleet is proving to be a great success and we hope that the LDV electric van trial will ultimately lead to further delivery enhancements for our customers.”
All Jersey Post’s electric vans display the same green fleet livery – an image of Jersey made up of environmental words - so that they are easily recognised when out on delivery.