Guernsey Post Ltd invests in fleet of electric postal delivery vans

May 25th, 2017 by Richard Lord

Guernsey Post Ltd now leads the way in electric mobility on the island with the largest fleet of electric vehicles.

The company has had strong environmental credentials for many years.

It earned the ‘Keep Guernsey Green Award’ in 2009 for its biodiversity enhancement work and for improvements to building energy efficiency due to better facilities management.

Letter delivery on the island has traditionally been made on a bicycle.

Guernsey postal workers are admired for cycling up steep hills and delivering the mail on a bicycle in all weathers.

With the Internet causing a decline in the volume of letter delivery and a rise in parcel delivery, push bikes can no longer deliver the volume and weight of packaging, so the company has had to convert many of its mail delivery routes traditionally made by bicycle to van and trucks.

Guernsey Post Ltd fleet of electric Nissan postal delivery vans on 5 May 2017 (click image to expand)

The French and Norwegian postal services were early adopters of electric postal delivery vehicles with the support of their governments, and they have been followed by several other postal delivery services around the world and now that includes Guernsey.

Guernsey Post Ltd has been investigating the use of electric vehicles for sometime but the economics and capability of electric delivery vans didn’t work until recently.

Guernsey Post has a fleet of 109 delivery trucks and vans.

Recently it made the decision to slowly change its fleet of fossil fuel powered vehicles to electric powered vehicles.

Boley Smilie, Chief Executive, Guernsey Post Ltd (click image to expand)

Boley Smilie, Chief Executive of Guernsey Post, said that the company was keen to reduce its environmental impact with the use of electric vehicles but they required vehicles that were capable of doing the job.

He said “we need vehicles that have enough load capacity to deliver efficiently the ever increasing parcel volumes. The Nissan eNV200 does just that and its size is suitable for our island roads.”

“We expect to get approximately 85 miles per charge at a cost of about 2 pence per mile, which compares with 21 pence per mile for the diesel-fuelled equivalent so this is a sound financial investment with a conservative payback of around 5 years,” he said.

Guernsey Post livery on new eNV-200 electric vans (click image to expand)

Ten of the eNV-200 electric vans are expected to be on the road by the end of May 2017 and eight more are on order.

Eight RolecEV charging posts each with two 7.2 kW sockets were installed by Guernsey Electricity at Guernsey Post Ltd headquarters on La Vrangue to cater for the new electric van fleet.

One of eight RolecEV charging posts with two 7.2 kW sockets installed by Guernsey Electricity for the Guernsey Post electric van fleet (5 May 2017) (Click image to expand)

Vince Smith, Commercial Contracting Manager at Guernsey Electricity, said he was delighted to be working alongside Guernsey Post on this project.

“We look forward to seeing the electric vans delivering post around the island and ultimately contributing to a greener Guernsey,” he said.

It is expected that when older vehicles in Guernsey Post’s delivery fleet come to the end of their lives they will be replaced with electric vehicles.

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