Following the announcement earlier in the year that it would build 2,500 all-electric delivery vans together with Ford, DHL has now unveiled the vehicle.
Over 1,350 kg - or over 200 parcels - will be able to be transported inside each van. They will be able to run for 80-200km on a single charge, depending on the wattage of the batteries that have been installed. For repowering, they will be equipped with an onboard charger.
The new trucks are set to take the place of diesel vehicles currently being used. DHL believes that each 'swap' will save 5 tonnes of CO2 and 1,900 litres of diesel annually. When calculated to cover all 2,500 vehicles, that could lead to a total saving of 12,500 tonnes of CO2 and 4.75m litres of diesel per year.
Jürgen Gerdes, Member of the Board of Management Post – eCommerce – Parcel, at Deutsche Post DHL Group, commented:
"It is the perfect vehicle for parcel deliveries in major cities and large urban areas".
By the end of the year, 150 of the vans are expected to have entered into service in DHL'S German delivery fleet, with all 2,500 expected to have been produced by the end of 2018.
DHL already produces two smaller electric delivery trucks, the Streetscooter WORK and WORK.
To find out more, visit electrek.co.