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2 Sep 19

DHL celebrates 10,000th StreetScooter

At an event in Cologne, DHL was presented with its 10,000th StreetScooter. The electric vehicle (EV) is central to the company’s GoGreen campaign, and a key asset of parent company Deutsche Post’s expansion strategy. 

THe parcel-delivery vehicle was presented to DHL by Tobias Meyer, the Deutsche Post DHL Group board member; and Andreas Pinkwart, the Economics minister for the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen. That special attention from both company and government indicates the high ambitions surrounding the EV brand. 

Long-term ambition
StreetScooter was developed from 2010 by a spinoff from RWTH Aachen University, which was acquired by Deutsche Post DHL Group in 2014. In 2016, the group announced its long-term ambition to replace the entire delivery fleet of both Deutsche Post and DHL Express (together approximately 70,000 vehicles in Germany) with StreetScooters. 

The StreetScooter Work and Work L are produced at the company’s own plants in Aachen and Düren. The Work XL electric van is produced at the Ford Motor plant in Cologne. Combined annual production capacity is 20,000 units. StreetScooter EVs have covered more than 100 million km since their launch in 2014 and saved an average of around 36,000 tons of CO2 emissions each year.

Largest operator
DHL - acquired by Deutsche Post in 2002 - now not only has 10,000 StreetScooters in its German fleet but also 12,000 e-bikes and e-trikes; and 13,500 charging points at its various locations throughout the country. This makes Deutsche Post the largest private operator of a charging network in Germany. By comparison, Germany currently counts just over 20,000 public and semi-public charging points. 

It’s all part of Deutsche Post DHL Group’s GoGreen programme, which has the ambition to reduce all logistics-related CO2 emissions to zero by 2050. “Our strong commitment to e-mobility (is not) a passing fancy or a way to score public relations points,” said Mr. Meyer, who oversees the Group’s Post & Parcel services in Germany. “The 10,000th StreetScooter is an important milestone on the way to the ‘green zero’.” 

Huge investments
StreetScooter is not just delivering vehicles to other companies within the Deutsche Post DHL Group. The German-built EV has also been sold to third-party customers in Germany, the UK and Japan. 

Earlier this year, StreetScooter announced its entry into the hydrogen market, by participating in the ‘H2 Panel Van’ project - the development of the first standard 4.25-ton E-LCV powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, with a projected range of up to 500 km. 

Despite rising interest and growing demand for StreetScooter, Deutsche Post is stopping short of making the huge investments that would be required to turn its EV subsidiary into a large-scale manufacturer. In 2018, the Group hired Goldman Sachs to help clarify its options for StreetScooter. Broadly, they fall into three categories: collaborate with larger-scale OEMs, let the firm go public on the stock exchange, or bring in outside financial investment.

Authored by: Frank Jacobs