StreetScooter Work XL van launched

Ford and Deutsche Post DHL have together unveiled the first of their jointly produced StreetScooter Work XL delivery vans in Cologne.

The StreetScooter Work XL van is on a Ford Transit chassis and has a battery electric drivetrain, along with a body designed and built to Deutsche Post DHL’s specifications.

The newest delivery vehicle in Deutsche Post DHL’s StreetScooter fleet has a load volume of 20 cubic metres and will have storage space for more than 200 parcels. It is fitted with a modular battery system that delivers between 30-90kWh of power, which can give it a range of anything up to 200km.

The first 150 e-vans will be built at the StreetScooter plant in Aachen in 2017, though considerably more will be made in future years as production ramps up. The German postal operator plans to use the vans to support its urban parcel delivery service in Germany, but as was in the business plan when Deutsche Post DHL bought StreetScooter last year, there are plans to sell them to third parties as well.

Each e-van could save around 1900 litres of diesel and five tonnes of CO2 per year in operation. Being electric powered they are far better on carbon emissions due to the Well to Wheel efficiency of EVs over combustion engines.

“The new StreetScooter WORK XL expands our e-fleet in the commercial vehicle segment, said: Jürgen Gerdes, member of the board of management Post – eCommerce – Parcel, at Deutsche Post DHL.

“It is the perfect vehicle for parcel deliveries in major cities and large urban areas, and will enable us to cope with the rising parcel volumes in an even more environmentally friendly and quieter manner. With this commitment, we are also underlining our claim of being the market leader in green logistics.”

And Steven Armstrong, Ford’s vice president and president, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Ford Motor Company, said: “We’re really proud of this ambitious project, and of the strong partnership we’ve developed with Deutsche Post DHL Group and StreetScooter.

“This joint project will be Europe’s largest manufacturer of emission-free, medium-sized e-vans, and it doesn’t come a moment too soon. Buses, cars, and of course, delivery vans play vital roles in our daily lives, but we have to find a way to make them cleaner. This project is a great step along this path.”

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