Transit goes electric for German postal firm
GERMAN MAIL AND PARCEL DELIVERY specialist, Deutsche Post DHL Group and Ford have unveiled a jointly-developed electric delivery van based on the Transit.
The van, called the Streetscooter Work XL, is based on a Ford Transit chassis fitted with a battery-electric drivetrain and a body designed and built to Deutsche Post DHL specifications.
In 2017, around 150 early build e-vans will be manufactured in electric vehicle specialist Streetscooter’s factory in Aachen, Germany.
Deutsche Post DHL will use the Work XL e-vans to support its urban parcel delivery service in Germany, and working in partnership, Deutsche Post DHL, Streetscooter and Ford plan to build 2500 e-vans by the end of 2018.
In addition to the new Work XL models, more than 3000 Streetscooter Work and Work L electric vehicles, plus about 10,500 pedal-electric vehicles, are currently in service with Deutsche Post DHL, making it the largest e-fleet operator in Germany.
The Work XL has a load volume of 20 cubic metres and can carry more than 200 parcels. The e-van is fitted with a modular battery system delivering 30kwh to 90kwh of power, giving it a range of between 80km and 200km.
The Work XL not only is different in size and range from its sister vans – the Work (four cubic metres load volume) and the Work L (eight cubic metres) – but also in the way its body is used.
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..
DHL says each Work XL could save around five tonnes of CO2 and 1900 litres of diesel fuel each year. With 2500 vehicles in service, that could result in a total saving of 12,500 tonnes of CO2 and 4.75 million litres of fuel every year.
With a charging capacity of up to 22kw, the average charging time for the Work XL is three hours.
Like Streetscooter’s existing electric models – the Work and Work L – the Work XL could be also sold to other customers.
Deutsche Post DHL Group executive, Jurgen Gerdes, says: “the new Streetscooter Work Xl…is the perfect vehicle for parcel deliveries in major cities and large urban areas.
“(It) will enable us to cope with the rising parcel volumes in an even more environmentally-friendly and quieter manner.”
Ford’s Steven Armstrong says the partnership with Deutsche Post DHL Group and Streetscooter will be Europe’s largest manufacturer of emission-free, medium-sized e-vans.
DHL will use jointlydeveloped all-electric Ford Transits for parcel deliveries in Germany.
Below left: Modified Transit, called the Streetscooter Work XL, can carry 20 cubic metres of freight. Below right: Streetscooter’s batteries can be charged in three hours.