Deutsche Post wants to make its own electric vehicles

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The German Postal Service wants to make its own electric vehicles and sell them. Its own fleet is to contain 30,000 electric “street scooters.”

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23. Mai 2013, Berlin, Deutschland, Deutsche Post DHL, Elektrofahrzeuge[Foto: KAY HERSCHELMANN Telefon:+49 (0)30-2927537 Mobil: +49 (0)171 26 73 495 email: [email protected], Berliner Sparkasse BAN: DE02 1005 0000 1554 5828 37 BIC-/SWIFT-Code: BE LA DE BE BLZ: 10050000 Konto-Nr.:1554582837 Alle Rechte vorbehalten. Urhebervermerk wird gemaess Paragraph 13 UrhG verlangt. Weitergabe an Dritte nur mit Genehmigung des Fotografen. NO MODEL RELEASE!]
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Renewables International

The German Postal Service wants to make its own electric cars and sell them. Its own fleet is to contain 30,000 electric “street scooters.”

Back in December, German logistics giant DHL took over (report in German) StreetScooter, electric vehicle startup. They began working together in 2011 to come up with a tailor-made vehicle for DHL / Deutsche Post. A prototype was presented in 2012, and around 20 vehicles went into use in 2013. At the end of 2014, the firm announced plans to make some 6,000 to 10,000 such electric vehicles annually.

23. Mai 2013, Berlin, Deutschland, Deutsche Post DHL, Elektrofahrzeuge [Foto: KAY HERSCHELMANN Telefon:+49 (0)30-2927537 Mobil: +49 (0)171 26 73 495 email: Kay.Herschelmann@t-online.de, Berliner Sparkasse BAN: DE02 1005 0000 1554 5828 37 BIC-/SWIFT-Code: BE LA DE BE BLZ: 10050000 Konto-Nr.:1554582837 Alle Rechte vorbehalten. Urhebervermerk wird gemaess Paragraph 13 UrhG verlangt. Weitergabe an Dritte nur mit Genehmigung des Fotografen. NO MODEL RELEASE!]

This week, Deutsche Post announced that serial production of the first 2,000 vehicles would begin this year. The goal is to produce a total of 30,000. The company also says (report in German) that it has already received queries by third parties and is willing to sell the vehicles as soon as it covers its own demand. The firm also specifically says it is addressing a market not yet served by Tesla: utility vehicles.

Because the vans will be used in a fleet for deliveries, the range does not have to be as great; it is apparently 80 kilometers (report in German). At present, 79 such vehicles are in use, mainly retrofitted conventional vans. The StreetScooter is to be considerably lighter and allow for the driver to get in and out more easily.

The entire fleet will not, however, consist solely of electric vehicles, probably because vans used in the countryside have to travel longer distances regularly. Deutsche Post reportedly gets 90 percent of its electricity from renewables in Germany (report in German).

According to Fraunhofer ISI, electric vehicles are especially attractive in car sharing schemes and commercial fleets (press release in German). The researchers are currently investigating the matter Project entitled Electric Mobility Model Regions.

Source: Renewables International. Reproduced with permission.

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3 Comments
  1. john 3 years ago

    The German Postal Service has seen the light; it will be much cheaper to use electric small 2 wheel vehicles powered by electrons rather than molecules of Carbon.
    30,000 small 2 wheel Street Scooters to be built.
    The savings are going to be eminence no more service costs for a start.
    A set route it is not hard to work out where to send the Street Scooters to insure they do not run flat.
    Typical of a good organisation that has people who actually look at costs of running the organisation; instead of just adding costs of delivery of service and increase cost to the end user; workout how to lower that cost.
    The end result of their adoption of this new tech is a lowering in cost to carry out their commitment to citizens, rather a good result in all respects.

  2. DogzOwn 3 years ago

    Refreshing to see a country which sees a future in maintaining snail mail, even making money out of manufacturing EV’s. Meanwhile AustPost can’t see past Honda and diesel trucks.

    • Enzo Canuzzi 3 years ago

      well, standard mail is going down but they make a lot of business with packets from Amazon and Co.c

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