StreetScooter reveals next-gen electric delivery vans
The Deutsche Post subsidiary StreetScooter has just presented the successor versions of its Work and Work L electric commercial vehicles. The new generation of vehicles hardly differs in appearance from its predecessor but has been technically upgraded in a number of decisive points.
Executive changes and continuing deficit at StreetScooter
StreetScooter has hired former managers from Tesla and Ford to join the executive team of the German electric delivery van manufacturer with immediate effect. German postal services Deutsche Post, however, is again expecting significant losses from its subsidiary this year.
StreetScooter enters China with Chery
Deutsche Post DHL Group subsidiary StreetScooter and the Chinese car manufacturer Chery will be setting up a joint venture to build and sell electric delivery vans in China. The two companies signed a corresponding letter of intent during German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s trip to China.
The 10,000th StreetScooter joins the DHL fleet
The 10,000th StreetScooter to join the DHL parcel delivery fleet has just been presented in Cologne, Germany. Since its launch, the Post subsidiary’s electric vehicles have covered more than 100 million kilometres and saved around 36,000 tons of CO2 annually.
DHL’s e-van business StreetScooter selects new COO
Markus Doerr will take over the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) at DHL’s van building outlet StreetScooter on 1 July. As a new member of the management board, the former consultant will be responsible for production, purchasing and quality.
DHL Express & StreetScooter present fuel cell van
At GreenTech Festival in Berlin, DHL Express and the DHL/Deutsche Post subsidiary StreetScooter just announced their cooperation in developing the ‘H2 Panel Van’. The van will be the first standard 4.25-ton electric utility van powered by hydrogen fuel cell – enabling a range of up to 500 kilometres.
Potential buyer for DP/DHL’s StreetScooter vans?
Deutsche Post/DHL has reportedly found a prominent prospective buyer for the planned sale of its StreetScooter electric van division. Insiders state that the Aachen e-mobility pioneer Günther Schuh wants to take over the German Post subsidiary he had helped build in the first place.
DHL to build electric vans in Japan
Deutsche Post/ DHL’s EV building outlet StreetScooter is to sign a contract with Yamato, a major Japanese logistics company worth around 32 million euros. The two companies will develop a small electric van together and will bring the first 500 units into the greater Tokyo area by autumn.
460 StreetScooter considered potentially flammable
Deutsche Post/DHL classified 460 units of their StreetScooter vehicles as potentially at risk of fire and withdrew them from circulation until further notice. These electric transporters will not be put back on the road until they have been inspected.
StreetScooter brings Jörg Sommer to Aachen as CEO
The Post subsidiary StreetScooter is getting a new boss. On 1 April, Jörg Sommer, previously COO at the e-truck manufacturer Chanje, will move from California to the German city of Aachen to expand the StreetScooter management team as their new CEO.
StreetScooter drops VW
Volkswagen previously wanted to take over the Post subsidiary StreetScooter. Discussions began taking place at the beginning of 2017 but ultimately failed due to different price expectations. As is well known, the German Post does not aim to be a vehicle manufacturer in the long run.
StreetScooter Work van approved for large-scale production
The electric van maker owned by DP/DHL has received the EC approval to serially produce its basic Work electric van. The approval for large series production also applies to other EU countries and to Switzerland and Norway so that StreetScooter may fulfil more orders coming from third parties.
StreetScooter components test positive for Cadmium
After the German ministry for vehicles (KBA) followed the suspicion that there may be extensive heavy metal contamination among EV components used in the Volkswagen brands VW, Audi and Porsche, affected components have now been found in the German Post’s StreetScooter.
DP/DHL to build StreetScooter vans for 2 more years
The StreetScooter saga at Deutsche Post continues after the former leader Jürgen Gerdes got laid off last week. Head of the board, Frank Appel now gave an outlook for the electric van making business, saying DP/DHL would consider selling the production.
New StreetScooter boss: Thomas Ogilvie
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.
StreetScooter chief Jürgen Gerdes dismissed
DP/DHL fired Jürgen Gerdes, who had been responsible for StreetScooters significant success over the last years. The board member and manager had worked for the German Post since he was 20 but has to retire from all positions with immediate effect.
DP/DHL now able to churn out 20,000 electric vans a year
StreetScooter, the electric van building subsidiary of Deutsche Post/DHL has opened its second production facility. The factory in the German town of Düren belongs to supplier Neapco and will make up to 10,000 EVs a year, answering to growing demand from third parties.
Deutsche Post with Cargo Pedelecs.
Deutsche Post now counts 1,000 cargo pedelecs by StreetScooter in its operation but they are just a tenth of its 10,500 strong fleet of e-bikes. Another 2,500 electric StreetScooter Work vans complement the pedal-assist two-wheelers and trikes and the company says their number will only increase.
Deutsche Post/ DHL, Energica, Israel, California, AmeriPride.
Zero emission logistics by 2050 is Deutsche Post/ DHL’s commitment to the future of deliveries. Its ambitious target applies to both its own operations and to those of its subcontractors. However, as 2050 is far, the group formulated four milestones for 2025 already, that are part of its GoGreen programme. One of them is to switch 70% of its delivery services on the first and last mile to electric vehicles.
First e-bike maker joins CharIn: The CCS charging initiative welcomed Energica as its latest member. Energica says it is the first electric motorcycle manufacturer that uses this fast-charging standard.
Life Riders in Israel: Emergency service Magen David Adom (MDA) has added pedelecs to its fleet for first responders. The so-called Life Rider unit involves a 1,000 e-bikes for volunteers to operate within a 10 mile radius starting by mid-2017. Each pedelec carries resuscitation equipment.
The first 27 next-gen electric trucks are due to arrive in California tomorrow. Reason enoigh for CARB to gather together all partners involved, namely the state of California, the San Bernardino Council of Governments (SBCOG), Daylight Transport, and BYD. More e-trucks are to be delivered this summer.
Fleet replacement expands: AmeriPride Services now plans to add 20 additional vans equipped with the Motiv Power Systems electric powertrain to the company’s California business, after initially replacing 20 percent of its fleet in Vernon with electric delivery trucks.
Lower Austria, DBT, Fraunhofer IML, GoAhead, Deutsche Post.
Austrian EV incentive: Lower Austria raises subsidies from 4,000 to 5,000 euros only days after the federal government introduced the measure. Also funding for EV charging stations is to increase from 200 to 800 euros in the province, which aspires to become one of the greenest in the Alpine state.
150 kW charging test: French DBT recently presented its multi-standard charging station with 150 kW. The equipment will now take part in a collaborative research project which will also determine the effect of power charging on the grid.
avere-france.org (in French)
The future of deliveries is electric and robotic, the Fraunhofer IML finds in its study called Logistics on the Last Mile. Particularly in urban centres, deliveries will accelerate, be electric and may use the quiet night hours. Rural areas however will have to wait a little longer and also stick with the ICE for a bit.
Electric bus success: Two electric buses prove their worth for London operator GoAhead. After testing the vehicles from Irizar for 18 months, the i2e electric buses will be incorporated into the fleet and serve on line 108 in East London. Spanish Irizar is to provide service and maintenance.
Electric mail: Deutsche Post DHL extends its electric delivery service to Hamburg. 75,000 homes in the city will get their mail delivered by 30 Streetscooter. More electric vans will join them in the future.
dpdhl.com (in German)
Deutsche Post, Hyundai, Solaris, Borne Recharge, Fleet Market Attitudes.
Electric mail delivery: Deutsche Post launched the ‘GoGreen Regional’ pilot project for business customers in the German cities of Duisburg and Essen. It is a give and take; the more mail orders are received via GoGreen, the higher the investment in deliveries with electric vehicles. To bolster up the claim, a total of 30 electric StreetScooter will be deployed in both towns.
Over 250 Hyundai ix35 Fuell Cell are on the roads in Europe this October. The Korean carmaker just delivered another 50 hydrogen vehicles. By the end of 2015, they can found in 13 European countries, with Spain and Switzerland being the latest markets added to the list.
Electric buses in Poland: Solaris has won a bid to deploy four electric buses to the Polish city of Krakow. The Solaris Urbino 8.9 LE electric will go into operation by June next year.
newstix.de (in German), krakow.pl (in Polish)
French wallboxes made in China: Borne Recharge has entered a partnership in China to produce its EV charging equipment in a facility located in Zhongshan city. The site will become fully operational in 2016. Borne Recharge also cooperates with Nissan, Kia, and Renault.
automobile-propre.com (in French), English info via mail
Potential fuel savings: Fleet managers could save up to 500 pounds if they would switch to electric and hybrid vehicles, Kia writes in its ‘Fleet Market Attitudes.’ The survey also noted a lack of time and knowledge to identify most cost-effective vehicles.