Global mail and logistics group Deutsche Post DHL has announced that it will manufacture its own electric delivery vans.
The first 2 000 vehicles will roll off the production line in 2016, with the company gradually replacing its whole fleet of 30 000 delivery vans with the electric vehicles.
In December 2014 Deutsche Post DHL acquired StreetScooter, a German start-up founded in 2010 that developed affordable electric vehicles.
Deutsche Post DHL took over the company to use its knowledge to help it build electric vehicles for postal deliveries. It eventually plans to also sell the cars.
‘There have been enquiries. At the moment, however, we need the production capacity ourselves,' Jürgen Gerdes, manager of the postal service‘s parcel, post and e-commerce division, told Focus magazine (in German).
The logistics of letter and parcel delivery helped guide the development of the vehicles, which feature a large cargo space. ‘There is a very clear idea of how a vehicle should be optimally designed for deliveries,' Gerders said.
With its in-house developed electric vehicle, Deutsche Post DHL sees itself as a counterpart to electric car pioneer Tesla.
‘They build quality vehicles for private customers, we can build tools for business customers,' Gerdes added.
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