THE Isle of Man Post Office has had a special delivery of its own, taking delivery of six e-NV200s to its fleet of delivery vehicles.
In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint and generate more cost savings, the Isle of Man Post Office decided to run a trial of the 100%-electric vans over the summer. Initially taking a fleet of three vans from Ballasalla Nissan dealer Athol Garage, the trial went so well they’ve already doubled their numbers, with plans to increase further in future.
Lisa Duckworth, Isle of Man Post Office Interim Chief Executive, said: “Electric vehicles have come a long way in recent years and the current Nissan model is one of the best on the market. Our research has shown that other island-based Posts have benefitted from similar vehicles, not only in saving costs, but also reducing their carbon footprint.”
As well the environmental benefits the vans bring, and the potential cost savings to come over the life of the vehicles, staff have reported how comfortable and easy the vans are to drive, making their delivery days a breeze.
With a range of up to 106 miles* on a single charge, and a more than capable payload of 703kg for all the post it distributes to the Isle of Man’s 83,000 residents, the e-NV200 is a popular choice with island-based postal services, with both Jersey and Guernsey also including them in its fleets.
The introduction of the electric vehicles forms part of the Isle of Man Post Office’s wider plan to drive innovation and creativity, and meet the efficient objectives outlined in Isle of Man’s Programme for Government 2016-2021.