DHL and Ford have released the first electric delivery van, the vehicle is called ‘StreetScooter Work XL’. The vehicle is fitted with a battery-electric drive train and is designed with the specific DHL postal use.

The vehicle can store more than 200 parcels and has the volume of 20 cubic meters. The battery system ranges from 30 to 90 kwh of power and go from 80km and 200km. The first 150 electric vans will be manufactured at the StreetScooter plant in Aachen this year.

DHL plan to use the electric vans to support there parcel delivery in Germany. The vans will also be sold to third parties of interest. The company have predictions of hoping to save 1’900 litres of diesel fuel and five tonnes of CO2 each year.

“The new StreetScooter WORK XL expands our e-fleet in the commercial vehicle segment, said: Jürgen Gerdes, member of the board of management Post – eCommerce – Parcel, at Deutsche Post DHL.
“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.”
And Steven Armstrong, Ford’s vice president and president, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Ford Motor Company, said: “We’re really proud of this ambitious project, and of the strong partnership we’ve developed with Deutsche Post DHL Group and StreetScooter.

“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.”

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