German mailvans to go all electric
DEUTSCHE Post, the German postal service, announced it will replace all vehicles in its 30 000-strong fleet with its own electric delivery van, called the Streetscooter.
Work has already started on the first 2 000 vehicles, which are due to go on the streets in 2016, with the company gradually replacing its fleet of 30 000 delivery vans.
Earlier, Germany’s Focus news magazine reported the Streetscooter was founded as a start-up in 2010 as an offshoot from RWTH University in the border city of Aachen.
Deutsche Post took over the company a year-and-a-half ago with the intention of using its know-how to build vehicles for postal deliverers. In the longer term, Deutsche Post plans to market the Streetscooter.
Juergen Gerdes, manager of the postal service’s parcel division, told Focus magazine Deutsche Post sees itself as a foil to electric car pioneer Tesla. “They build high-value vehicles for private customers, we can build tools for business customers that are aggressively priced,” Gerdes told Focus.
Watch out Tesla, here comes the budget German mail van for small businesses.