An electric delivery van that was designed and built by a delivery firm because it couldn’t find a vehicle on the market to suit its needs has doubled its production capacity thanks to external demand.
Launched last year by German delivery company Deutsche Post DHL, primarily to operate on German postal rounds, the StreetScooter has proven that attractive to external companies that DHL has had to open a second factory to meet increased demand.
The company’s first external customer was the British dairy delivery company Milk & More, which is replacing 200 diesel milk floats with StreetScooter vehicles.
The new factory will be based in the town of Düren in the North-Rhine Westphalia region of Germany.
DHL said, “With immediate effect, up to 10,000 electric vans per year will run off the production line at the automotive supplier’s new 78,000 m2 factory in Düren, corresponding to a daily production rate of 46 vehicles.
“Together with its main factory in Aachen, StreetScooter now has production capacities of up to 20,000 electric vehicles per year. In the Düren factory, the Pure (chassis only), Pickup (flatbed vehicle) and Box (box truck with 4 or 8 m3 loading volume) variants of the StreetScooter WORK and WORK L models will be produced. The new site will employ 250 people in the area.”
Jürgen Gerdes, Board Member for Corporate Incubations at Deutsche Post DHL Group and StreetScooter said, “E-mobility is on the move. We can see it in growing public interest and increasing third-party customer demand for our StreetScooters.
“The number of StreetScooters used in the business world, in municipalities and at Deutsche Post is also on the rise in Germany and abroad. That’s why we’re delighted to be able to start production in Düren.”