Deutsche Post Goes Electric With StreetScooter (30,000 EVs On The Table)

MAY 15 2016 BY MARK KANE 15

Deutsche Post (StreetScooter)

Deutsche Post (StreetScooter)

Deutsche Post is gearing up for a huge electrification project, which could significantly influence the German EV market.

After acquiring EV maker-wannabe StreetScooter, Deutsche Post will gradually replace its conventional petrol vans with electric ones.

The new EVs can travel up to 80 km/50 miles on a charge (via a 20.4 kWh) battery – in other words, perfect for the Post’s operational needs.

Automobilwoche points out that up to 30,000 StreetScooters could be produced in the mid to long term, but 2,000 for now.  There may even be opportunities to market the unique EV to others in the future as well.

Not a bad goal, especially compared to the fact that just over 30,000 all-electric cars have been registered in Germany (as a whole) to date.

StreetScooter spec:

  • 20.4 kWh lithium-ion battery
  • 50-80 km (30-50 miles) real-world range
  • 80 km/h (50 mph) top speed
  • 30 kW electric motor, FWD
  • 650 kg payload
  • 4.5-7 hour recharge

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Oh happy day!


Oh happy day translates to “thanks mark for finally writing something about street scooter and pointing out that they (will have/already have) a significant part of the ev market in germany.”

Let me add that (at least in the regions where i used to spend time) those ev are already in daily use…

I wonder if there are actual numbers of how many are already in use?



Great but I have to wonder how bad range will be impacted during winter when they need to crank up the heater? Or do they just not get one?

I can see these making a lot of sense in some climates. Just not sure right now for Germany if it makes sense.

Think, Clancy, think!
These trucks are being ridden by delivery guys and gals who are getting out and back in all day long whilst delivering packages driving mostly from door to door. Hence they need to wear clothes appropriate for the outside climate anyways. Why let them sweat indide their vehicle and catch a cold outside?
If it wasn’t for regulations they could even strip these cars off their cabin doors (like UPS vans in the US if I am not mistaken).

Agreed but still you have to think they want at least some heat in their winters. I am not saying crank it up to 85 but some…

Any postal workers on here that can confirm one way or another whether you turn the heat on during your route?

I think a single heated seat, and perhaps a heated steering wheel would be sufficient…

Why did Duetsche Electric go ‘postal’? Oh wait….my bad!?


This is exactly what the U.S. Government should be doing for their new U.S. Post Office delivery vans.

But of course they just give the contract to General Motors who will design some sort of combustion-engine vehicle.

It’s so obvious that postal delivery vans are perfect use cases for BEV. You charge them at night and deliver during the day.

Totally agree

I’m not sure which company will be getting the latest vehicle contract, but in my nearly 30 years of carrying mail, we did not use GMC vehicles. When I started carrying, we used the Jeep DJ’s. Then they brought us the LLV, made by Grumman. When I left, they were phasing in Ford Windstar vans. Where I live, the routes still use the LLV and Windstars. At this date, the USPS has not settled on a final design or manufacturer(s) for the NGDV (Next Generation Delivery Vehicle), although there is a prototype. Earlier this year, the USPS did buy over 9,000 Ram ProMaster dargo vans to replace some of the old Windstars, but this is not a long range solution. Read more about that here

I’m a retired USPS letter carrier who worked in a northern state (Wisconsin), and I can confirm that the lack of a strong heater wouldn’t really be that much of a problem, at least for the park and loop routes, in which the carrier is on foot most of the day, only moving the vehicle every hour or so, and generally for less than a mile each time. Routes that consist of mostly curbside boxes are a different story, though, and a decent amount of heat directed at the feet was nice in winter, especially because it was escaping out the open window constantly. Strong defrosters are also a necessity; you can’t drive safely if you can’t see.


1000 of them are already built!

Bonn and Bochum have many. Now comes cologne!

Go post! Post! Proust! Prust! Prost!