DPDHL to double StreetScooter production capacity

The German delivery and logistics giant Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) has announced it is to double the production capacity of its StreetScooter EVs from 10,000 to nearly 20,000 by the end of the coming year.

To make this happen, DPDHL will commission another production facility in North Rhine-Westphalia.

DPDHL is now selling these EVs, that so far have been optimised for postal and delivery operations, to third parties.

DPDHL Group released a statement saying that “at least half” of this year’s annual production is planned for external prospective buyers of the vehicles. The company sees “municipal authorities, strategic partners and large fleet customers in Germany and the rest of Europe” as among the most likely potential buyers of the StreetScooter vehicles.

For DPDHL’s own fleet, the company plans to at least double its own numbers of StreetScooter EVs from 2500 vehicles by the end of 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,” said Jürgen Gerdes, board member for Post – eCommerce – Parcel at Deutsche Post DHL Group.

The StreetScooter “Work” model has a 4 cubic metre load volume, while the “Work L” has capacity for a 8 cubic metre load. StreetScooter prices start at €32,000 for the basic “Work Pure” version. If requested, StreetScooter GmbH also provides the appropriate charging infrastructure to go with it. The new model, the 20 cubic metre capacity 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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