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The StreetScooter was developed for Deutsche Post DHL as an emission-free tailor-made delivery van. Deutsche Post DHL decided to have their own vehicle developed as they were unable to find what they needed available on the market. Other mail and delivery companies are developing their own electric vans.
StreetScooters have been being deployed in Deutsche Post DHL's delivery fleet since 2013. At present, the Group is already using around 6,000 of these electric vehicles, which have covered over 26 million kilometres and save around 20,000 tons of CO2 per year. With these vans and the 12,000 or so electric e-bikes and e-trikes, Deutsche Post DHL is operating the biggest electric fleet in Germany.
The StreetScooter comes in two sizes: the WORK and WORK L. Both have been available to external customers since the summer of 2017. With increasing success, says Achim Kampker, CEO of StreetScooter GmbH: "What sets StreetScooter apart in particular is the ability to produce affordable, customised electric vehicles for our customers from a variety of industries and countries."
At the end of last May, the company opened a second manufacturing facility in Dueren, in addition to the first factory in Aachen, which doubles production capacity to up to 20,000 electric vans each year.
Last January, Deutsche Post DHL appointed Alphabet as official leasing partner in Germany and the Netherlands for its StreetScooter.
Earlier this year, UPS announced its own electric van project, developed in collaboration with the electric vehicle builder Arrival. The first trial vehicles of the UPS van are expected by the end of 2018.
It is as yet unclear whether these vehicles will also be offered to third-party buyers.
In the summer of 2017, the Royal Mail took delivery of a first fleet of nine electric vans that is now trialling in London and surrounding areas. This vehicle, which has a strong resemblance of the UPS van, was also developed by Arrival.