Electric Mobility

Deutsche Post Puts E-Van on the Road

streetscooter by Handelsblatt
Soon to be seen on a street near you.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Deutsche Post could not only reduce its carbon footprint and operating costs with the new e-van but also enter a potentially lucrative market by selling the vehicle to others.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • Deutsche Post plans to register 500 electric vehicles for its parcel and mail delivery personnel by December 2015.
    • The price of lithium-ion batteries means electric vehicles are more expensive to operate than diesel powered cars but experts say the price may fall to €172 per kilowatt hour in the next ten years.
    • Experts say lithium-ion batteries are the best option for electric vehicles but are concerned about safety, energy density, cost and temperature performance.
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German mail and logistics giant Deutsche Post is replacing its diesel-powered mail delivery vans with new electrical vehicles in a move to reduce its substantial carbon footprint and lower transportation costs. The company is also considering selling the vehicle to smaller trade firms, such as plumbers and electricians.

In a first step, the postal service provider plans to replace all vans in Bonn, where the company is located, by the end of next year, with a significant number of its 35,000 delivering vehicles to follow. It has already put e-vans on streets in Aachen and Berlin.

Deutsche Post has developed the vehicle, called the StreetScooter, in cooperation with Aachen’s technical RWTH University and a consortium of mid-sized companies and research and development insitutions. At the end of last year, the firm acquired Screetscooter and its 100 employees for an estimated €2 million, or $2.2 million.

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