Tran­sit goes elec­tric for Ger­man postal firm

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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.

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