Deutsche Post DHL is to develop its own electric delivery vehicle in partnership with StreetScooter, a company set up by RWTH Aachen University.
A zero-emission drivable prototype is scheduled for the autumn of 2012, and will be based on the “StreetScooter platform” created by StreetScooter.
Deutsche Post DHL wants a vehicle that can handle up to 200 stops and start-up procedures and be in use up to 300 days a year.
It has to have sufficient enough load capacity for mail and parcels as well as a robust set of equipment that meets all the safety requirements.
The company believes that electric vehicles that are currently on the market meet some of these requirements and cannot yet be manufactured economically.
As a vehicle that is being designed specially for Deutsche Post, it will not have to go very fast and only make short hauls.
By 2020 the GoGreen programme aims to increase the company’s carbon efficiency by 30 per cent compared to the base year of 2007.
The StreetScooter concept vehicle.
StreetScooter GmbH is a spin-off company of the RWTH Aachen University and a consortium of around 20 industrial establishments of the motor industry and related industries.