Deutsche Post is going to piloting 50 electric vans through 2013, after developing the mail and parcel delivery vehicle along with Streetscooter and institutes of the RWTH Aachen University.
The test vans will work from Deutsche Post delivery depots around Germany from July 2013.
Each van will be expected to make 200 stops and starts and be in service up to 300 days a year.
The van body is over 4.6m long, can reach speeds of up to 85 km/h and is designed primarily for deliveries in rural areas.
The vehicle features a 30/45 kW induction motor powered by a lithium-ion battery and a maximum range of 120 km.
“We operate one of the largest vehicle fleets in Germany, which is why we have a particular interest in economical and low-emission vehicles,” said Jürgen Gerdes, corporate board member for MAIL at Deutsche Post DHL.
“We’ve found competent partners in RWTH Aachen University and StreetScooter GmbH, and developed an environmentally friendly and economical electric vehicle. We’re confident that this vehicle will pass the test in our day-to-day operations.