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Deutsche Post, Ford partner to manufacture battery-electric delivery vehicles

LBR Staff Writer Published 15 June 2017

StreetScooter, a subsidiary of Deutsche Post, is collaborating with Ford-Werke to manufacture battery-electric delivery vehicles.

Deutsche Post has already developed emission-free StreetScooter. The company's latest partnership focuses on a larger vehicle type such as E-Van.

Ford Transit’s chassis is said to offer the technical basis. It will be installed with a battery-electric drive train and special body construction based on Deutsche Post and DHL Paket specifications.

The production of the vehicles is expected to start in July this year with a target of producing around 2,500 vehicles by the end of 2018.

The vehicles will be used for the urban delivery traffic of DHL Group.

StreetScooter, which is also planning to expand the existing manufacturing capacity, intends to manufacture 20,000 units per year.

It will manufacture small electrical delivery van in different versions in Aachen and another site in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Deutsche Post executive board member Jürgen Gerdes said: "I consider this partnership another important boost for electro-mobility in Germany.

"This step emphasises that Deutsche Post is an innovation leader. It will relieve the inner cities and increase the people's quality of life. We will continue working on completely carbon neutral CO2-neutral logistics!"

Ford Motor Company Europe, Middle East and Africa president and group vice president Steven Armstrong said: "E-Mobility and innovative traffic solutions for urban areas are key focuses for us as we transform our business to meet future challenges.”

StreetScooter, which is also planning to expand the existing manufacturing capacity, intends to manufacture 20,000 units per year.

It will manufacture small electrical delivery van in different versions in Aachen and another site in North Rhine-Westphalia.


Image: The chassis of the Ford Transit provides the technical basis. Photo: courtesy of Deutsche Post AG.