The Deutsche Post subsidiary Streetscooter and the Cologne based Ford started series production of the large StreetScooter XL e-transporter in Cologne on Tuesday.
With a delivery volume of approx. 200 parcels, it is considerably larger than the two models StreetScooter Work and Work L, which were previously produced by Deutsche Post itself. However, the extra-large Work XL is only intended for its own use at Deutsche Post DHL. Around 3,500 of these will be built annually by 180 employees and will initially be used exclusively by Deutsche Post.
The StreetScooter Work XL reaches speeds of up to 90 kilometers per hour and offers a maximum range of 200 kilometers. The vehicle has two lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 76 kilowatt hours. I took the picture of the StreetScooter Work XL at the presentation at the IAA Commercial Vehicles. In the near future, the vehicle will probably be seen entirely in yellow.
Bosch tests StreetScooter at DIY stores
At the same time, the automotive supplier Bosch announced that it would test a Car-Sharing application with StreetScooter models starting in December. Bosch first wants to offer the electric vans for rent at Toom DIY stores, as Bosch announced in a press release on Tuesday.
Initially, one vehicle is planned at each of the DIY stores in Berlin, Freiburg, Frankfurt, Leipzig and Troisdorf near Cologne. The test is scheduled to last one year.
The idea of offering vans directly where demand arises is not entirely new. We already reported a few weeks ago about a new merger for delivery on the last mile. Hertz 24/7 CarSharing, the IKEA furniture store chain and the vehicle manufacturer SAIC Motors have joined forces to enable customers of the furniture stores to transport their purchases home emission-free. Among the vehicles available is a StreetScooter from Deutsche Post.