The reports of DP/DHL having laid off StreetScooter manager and board member Jürgen Gerdes have been confirmed. Gerdes is leaving the logistics giant over strategic differences. Succeeding him as StreetScooter CEO is Thomas Ogilvie.
Deutsche Post executive board member Juergen Gerdes will leave the company on June 30 “by mutual consent and on the best of terms amid diverging views on the future strategic focus of the company,” the company said in a statement.
Taking over the electric van business will be Thomas Ogilvie, board member for personnel. He will now take on additional responsibility for what DP/DHL calls their Corporate Incubations unit. That division focuses on mobility solutions, digital platforms and automatisation, and particularly on strengthening their StreetScooter business.
The story of StreetScooter is one of success. They just opened a second facility in Düren reportedly. Together the two factories have a production capacity of 20,000 electric vans per year, that is 46 electric vehicles a day. It enables StreetScooter to supply third parties with electric vans as well.