German Post builds 10.000 of it’s own electric vans
Deutsche Post / DHL has developed its own electric Streetscooter. Deutsche Post will not only produce the car, but will also sell it to third parties. Regular German car manufacturers are not amused as they might lose customers.
It is a yellow, rectangular vehicle designed for delivery services. 150 carriers were involved in the development to create a practical van with features such as light sliding doors with vertically positioned door handles. It has no passenger seat to add extra room for stowing post bags and packages. Deutsche Post made the decision not only to produce the car, but also to sell it to third parties and to take responsibility for service and repairs.
At first Deutsche Post had no plans tot produce electric cars and was looking for a cooperation with a big German car manufacturer. These brands had not really warmed to develop a delivery van for a single customer, so Deutsche Post had to find another solution. They found it in the vicinity of Aachen in professor Achim Kampker’s start-up ‘Streetscooter’, spin-off of the Aachen University and hired it’s founder.
Lower cost of ownership
Last year Matthias Müller CEO of Volkswagen wondered why Deutsche Post didn’t cooperate with VW? Mark Arens, Marketing and sales director at Deutsche Post / DHL, replies that the solutions of the regular car manufacturers were way too expensive. The Streetscooter has a lower total cost of ownership compared to diesel vehicles. Companies not only save on fuel, but also on maintenance and spare parts which are cheaper.
At this moment different delivery services show interest in the Streetscooter. The company will build 10.000 Streetscooters in 2017. Half of them will be sold to third parties. From 2018 on, 20.000 units will be produced. The base model “Work” has a battery range of 80 km and costs € 32.000. The company also has plans for a bigger model “Work L”. At the moment Deutsche Post uses 2.500 Streetscooters. In the Netherlands 100 electric delivery vans are already on the road. By 2050 Deutsche Post announces to be CO2-neutral.