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