Ford, DHL Unveil StreetScooter WORK XL Electric Truck – Up To 90 kWh Batteries

2 months ago by Mark Kane 27

In June, Deutsche Post DHL announced the first StreetScooter WORK XL electric delivery vans, built on the Ford Transit chassis.

StreetScooter WORK XL

Now we learn that the Deutsche Post intends to assemble the EVs in Aachen, Germany.  

In total, some 150 pre-production WORK XL models will be build this year, and more than 2,500 by the end of 2018.

The WORK XL supplements in-house developed StreetScooter WORK and WORK L vans.

The StreetScooter WORK XL will be equipped with battery packs ranging from 30-90 kWh, good for 80-200 km (50-124 miles) of range. The cargo capacity stands at 20 cubic meters (or space for over 200 packages).

3-phase 22 kW on-board charger also provides decent charging capability.

Importantly (and something we think is a novel idea), all the Deutsche Post DHL EVs: the WORK (4 cubic meters), extended version WORK L (8 cubic meters) and new WORK XL will also be available to third parties to buy.

“Each WORK XL could save around five tonnes of CO2 and 1,900 litres of diesel fuel each year. With 2,500 vehicles in service as planned, this could result in a total saving of 12,500 tonnes of CO2 and 4.75 million litres of fuel every year.”

“The WORK XL not only is different in size and range from its “sister vans” – the WORK (4 cubic metres load volume) and the WORK L (8 cubic metres load volume) – but differs also in terms of the body construction. The WORK XL’s load area is fitted with shelves and is accessible from the driver’s cab. The vehicle can be loaded via the tailgate and a kerb-side sliding door. With a charging capacity of up to 22 kW, the average charging time is three hours.

In addition to the new WORK XL model, over 3,000 StreetScooter WORK and WORK L electric vehicles, plus about 10,500 pedelecs, are currently in service with Deutsche Post DHL Group, making the group the largest e-fleet operator in Germany.”

StreetScooter WORK XL

StreetScooter WORK XL

Jürgen Gerdes, Member of the Board of Management Post – eCommerce – Parcel, at Deutsche Post DHL Group, said:

“The new StreetScooter WORK XL expands our e-fleet in the commercial vehicle segment. 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.”

According to Reuters, Deutsche Post board member Juergen Gerdes hinted more projects with Ford:

“It would make sense to “think about further activities” with Ford, Deutsche Post board member Juergen Gerdes said on Wednesday, as the two companies presented their delivery van, the StreetScooter Work XL, for which Ford is supplying vehicle technology based on its Transit model.”

source: Reuters

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27 responses to "Ford, DHL Unveil StreetScooter WORK XL Electric Truck – Up To 90 kWh Batteries"

  1. Texas FFE says:

    Now this would make a nice electric RV. Put solar panels on the top of that box and you could probably get 30 kWh a day out of them. But if I want an RV built on this chassis I’m either going to have to rent or buy used and convert.

    1. John says:

      Not even close to 30kWh…
      Assuming the box has room for two panels wide, and 3 long, you’ve got 6 panels total.
      I’ll be generous and say the panels are 350 watt, giving you a 2kW system.

      Now, don’t get me wrong, that’s not too shabby.

      But they’re at a zero angle. On a good day, you’ll be no where near 30kWh. My guess would put it between 3 and 6kWh.

      1. For Camping, park on a hill with the right slope! 1 angle solved!

        Other ideas: clean up the lower side Aerodynamics! That bottom could use Side Skirts, a clean flat Belly Pan, Wheel Skirts, and the box is tight to the doors, making it difficult to fair in the Cab to the Box, but that could be an extra project!

        If an eNV-200 can be made a Camper Van, this should be a Great Step up from that!

        As 2 kW is seemingly lite for charging, but it is a decent amout for the Camping and Hotel Loads!

        1. ClarksonCote says:

          “For Camping, park on a hill with the right slope! 1 angle solved!”

          That would make for an uncomfortable camper, with a slanted floor, table, bed, etc.

      2. Gasbag says:

        You don’t need 350W panels or 3 x 9 meters (~10ft x ~30ft) box. The XL looks like it has closer to a 7.5 x 24 ft box. Using common place 21% efficient 6 x 6 inch cells you could expect to get a 3.6 PVA on that box. At the same latitude of San Francisco with a fixed mounted system I can tell you you could expect an average of 12 kWh per day out of that but in the summer we would expect 24 kWh per day. In Texas you could expect closer to 29 kWh in the summer. It would be trivial to add single axis tracking which we would expect to push that over 30kWh per day possible in the summer.

        The solar panels for this can be purchased for about $3,600 retail without even shopping around for the best price.

    2. speculawyer says:

      30KWH? No way.

      You could build a system with fold out panels on both sides though. That could come close.

      1. Mark.ca says:

        You would need 25 square meters of high quality panels in Cali to get 30kWh/day…if anyone can fit that many on this truck i would like to see it!

        1. Texas FFE says:

          If the box is 3 meters wide (9 feet) then it would only need to be 9 meters long (27 feet). I don’t think a 9 x 27 box is unreasonable but I do think I overestimated. Thanks for correcting.

          1. Mark.ca says:

            No worries…just so you know… federal regs say maximum vehicle width of 96 inches (2.44 meters).

    3. VazzedUp says:

      Fact sheet for the vehicle shows is is 2.14 meters wide by 7 meters long, given the cab and front sloped headliner, say 5 meters long so 11sqmeters. So you could fit 6 standard modules on the top.
      This would give you about 1.6kW ac and for 6 hours of sunlight 9kWh.

      1. Gasbag says:

        Rather than going in a 3×2 set up you can go with 7×1 using 360W panels. That gives you a 2.5+ kW array. In a Texas summer TexasFFE shouldn’t have any problems generating 20+ kW hours per day with that. These are under $300 per panel so $2100 for the panels.

        You could hinge the panels so that a couple fold out extending over the front and the end increasing it to an 11 panel 3.96 kW array which would have no problems generating 30-35 kWh per day. TexasFFE may have pulled that 30 kWh estimate out of his arse but it comes out smelling like a rose.

  2. Someone out there says:

    Very nice! I think they are going to have to manufacture way more than the 2500, this could be a huge seller.

  3. We seem to be missing any tech details on this, beyond the headline!

    Like: Battery (Other) choices, motor power, estimated range on each battery choice, delivery dates planned, price (for other buyers, at least), etc.

  4. speculawyer says:

    If I were king of a city, I would require that all new delivery vans be electric. Get rid of the noise and pollution of idling delivery vans.

    All new delivery platforms should be wired for EV charging too.

    1. Derek says:

      You would see 50% of those van owners quit their business, because people/companies don’t have that kind of money sitting around.
      Just sit back and let capitalism do its thing. EV’s are cleaner, safer (weight is low, & more crumple zones), and cheaper to maintain. The only roadblock is price (which is falling), and charging speeds (which is increasing). The end result it everything will go electric, no need to bankrupt some companies just because you wanted it to happen a few years earlier then it would have.

      1. speculawyer says:

        They wouldn’t quit. If it applies to everyone equally then it will get done. Either that or no deliveries…but that won’t happen.

        It is not like these things are that expensive now. The eNV-200 could handle lots of jobs and it is not that expensive. The fuel & maintenance savings make up for much of the increased up-front cost. As you point out, prices are coming down. But they are affordable now.

        1. Rick says:

          Of course they wouldn’t quit. You’re the king. You could just have them executed.

  5. menorman says:

    Wow, a whopping 2500…by the end of next year. Meanwhile, we have outfits like Chanje that are already looking to deliver 6000 vans ASAP. This is two steps above a PR joke.

    1. Chris S says:

      DHL delivered around 800 of their smaller vans in Germany in July as they are ramping up production. In comparison, there were around 4200 passenger EVs sold. As far as I know Chanje has yet to deliver their first van. 2500 may not sound like much, but the electric truck market is still pretty much non-existent, so the press release is warranted.

  6. Rad says:

    Got to give Deutsche Post DHL credit on this one. They went to every European car and truck manufacturer with an order for these and were turned down. So, do it themselves.

  7. msrural says:

    This (or something like this) is what USPS should be using.

    1. Wop says:

      Plans are already underway for that option. The United States Postal Service is currently having 6 finalists design and submit prototypes in September for their new fleet. One of the finalists (VT Hackney) is partnering with Workhorse, who makes electric UPS vans with drone capabilities. May not get the contract in the end, but at least it’s something they’re considering.

  8. unlucky says:

    What percentage of comments is your system eating, insideevs?

    If this goes through this will be only my 2nd that worked out of my last 10.

    This has been going on for almost a week.

    When you click post it just goes right back to the list of comments instantly and nothing posted.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Hey unlucky,

      Our filter seems to “war” with your user ID, I just pulled a couple comments out of our filter.

      When we get a lot of spam from a particular source (generally selling Nikes or other adult products), the system will be more sensitive to the same (or very similar) IDs…unfortunately, you got tagged into that.

      You “should” be ok now, I green-lit your IP, but I notice it is not always the same…fingers crossed.

  9. Mark C says:

    I’m sure the traditional manufacturers knew that if they didn’t build DHL what they wanted, they’d build their own AGAIN, and like before, offer it to sale to others who might be interested.

    1. John says:

      Dueche Mail Delivery Truck

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