Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Freight and Logistics Giant Extends Electric Van Interests

StreetScooter Start Up Project to be Acquired to Expand Environmental Deliveries
Shipping News Feature

GERMANY – Freight and logistics group Deutsche Post DHL has agreed to acquire StreetScooter GmbH, a former start-up that is committed to the mission of developing affordable electric vehicles. Subject to antitrust approval the company will also acquire the development and production rights to vehicles as well as the employees of StreetScooter GmbH which is a spin-off of RWTH Aachen and a consortium of approximately 80 industrial companies in the automotive industry and related sectors.

StreetScooter was established in 2010 and now produces around 200 of the electric vans annually at the former Talbot/Bombardier plant in Aachen. DP DHL uses the vehicles mainly for postal duties and the company intends to extend its close working relationship with RWTH Aachen in the future, since the inception of the prototype, cooperation has expanded to other areas, including pedelecs and trikes.

The first prototype of the StreetScooter was unveiled in 2012, and the first pre-series vehicles have been in service since 2013. About 20 vehicles are already included in the electric car fleet as part of the pilot project CO2 free deliveries in Bonn. In this project, Deutsche Post DHL is converting its entire mail and parcel operations in Bonn, where the company is headquartered, to electric mobility by 2016. Nearly 50 more StreetScooters are being used by various Deutsche Post sites across Germany and by 2015, approximately 100 StreetScooters will be in operation at Deutsche Post DHL.