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DHL doubles down on StreetScooter

StreetScooter production in Aachen.

Logistic group to expand production and sales of electric delivery van

Deutsche Post DHL Group is to expand production of its self-developed StreetScooter electric van. Citing “strong customer demand” and the need for new vehicles in Germany and Europe, the logistics provider is to double the production capacity of its EVs from 10,000 to as many as 20,000 by the end of 2017.

To do so, it will commission another production location in North Rhine-Westphalia.

According to a statement, further details will be announced “in due course.”

EV manufacturer SteetScooter was acquired by DHL in 2014. Its electric WORK delivery van has a 20.4-kWh battery and a range of 80km, and can carry a maximum of 700kg of cargo.

DHL is now selling the EVs, which have been designed for postal operations and deliveries. A minimum of 50% of 2017 production is planned to be sold to external prospective buyers. Potential customers include municipal authorities, strategic partners and large fleet customers in Germany and the rest of Europe.

In addition, DHL will at least double the current 2,500 vehicles in its own StreetScooter fleet for letter and parcel deliveries this year.

“The large demand for the StreetScooter and our own ambitious climate-protection goals have encouraged us to further expand our commitment in the area of electro-mobility and to also make our expertise available to others. As a result, we are confirming our aspiration to remain the engine of electro-mobility and to become market leader in green logistics,” says Jürgen Gerdes, board member for Post – eCommerce – Parcel at Deutsche Post DHL Group.

The annual production of StreetScooter vehicles is to be divided in roughly equal parts between the models Work (with around 4m3 load volume) and Work L (with about 8m3 load volume).

Prices start at €32,000 (for the basic “Work Pure” version). The next-largest delivery vehicle, which has a load volume of approx. 20m3 (“Work XL”) is expected to come onto the market at the beginning of 2018 and then also to be sold externally.

The e-bikes of StreetScooter (“Work S”) and e-trikes (“Work M”) can now also be acquired by third parties.

 

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