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DHL, Ford unveil electric delivery van in Germany

LBR Staff Writer Published 17 August 2017

Deutsche Post DHL Group and automaker Ford have unveiled their jointly manufactured electric delivery van in Cologne, Germany.

The e-van, StreetScooter WORK XL, was designed on a Ford transit chassis, which has a battery-electric drivetrain fixed to the framework.

In the StreetScooter facility in in Aachen, about 150 early build e-vans will be produced in 2017, to help DHL in urban parcel delivery service in Germany.

The companies plan to manufacture 2,500 electric delivery vans By the end of 2018.

Along with the existing WORK and WORK L electric models of StreetScooter, the WORK XL version will also be sold to the third-party customers.

Each of the WORK XL model, with load volume of 20m3, will reduce CO2 emission by five tonnes and save 1900 litres of diesel fuel annually.

The WORK XL e-van, which has the potential to generate 30 to 90 kWh of power with its customized battery system, will provide stowage space for over 200 parcels. The 22kW charging capacity delivery van, will be loaded through the tailgate and a kerb-side sliding door.

Deutsche Post DHL Group Board of Management member for Post, eCommerce, Parcel business units Jürgen Gerdes said: "The new StreetScooter WORK XL expands our e-fleet in the commercial vehicle segment.

“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."

Ford Motor Company Europe, Middle East & Africa group vice president and president Steven Armstrong said: “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."

Image: StreetScooter WORK XL 01. Photo: courtesy of Ford-Werke GmbH / Lothar Stein.