Ger­man mail­vans to go all elec­tric

The Witness - Wheels - - ELECTRIC - — Europe­on­lineMagazine.

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.

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Watch out Tesla, here comes the bud­get Ger­man mail van for small busi­nesses.

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