StreetScooter and Ford to build BEV vans

Deutsche Post subsidiary StreetScooter and Ford have gone into partnership to build battery electric vehicles (BEVs) for urban delivery operations.

While StreetScooter already produces small vehicles in a dedicated plant, the plans with Ford are to produce larger vehicles of LCV Transit size.

The Transit chassis indeed, is the framework on which the new vehicle will be built. It will be equipped with a battery-electric drivetrain and will be fitted with a special body construction that is based on Deutsche Post and DHL Paket specifications.

Production of the new machines will begin this coming July, and it is expected that at least 2500 LCV BEVs will be built by the end of 2018.

“E-Mobility and innovative traffic solutions for urban areas are key focuses for us as we transform our business to meet future challenges,” said Steven Armstrong, group vice president and president Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company.

“As the leader in commercial vehicles in Europa, this partnership plays perfectly to our strengths and in StreetScooter and the Deutsche Post DHL Group we have a partner with enormous competence and a worldwide network.”

The partnership between StreetScooter and Ford is expected to become the largest manufacturer of BEV LCVs in the EU.

In addition to the new assembly line the existing manufacturing of the StreetScooter models will be expanded. StreetScooter is planning to manufacture 20,000 units per year of its small electrical delivery van in different versions in Aachen and another site in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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