DHL Enters Electric Delivery Vehicle Segment
DHL, one of the most famous mail delivery company around the world, has divulged their plans on selling an electric vehicle that was built in-house in the year 2013. The electric car project was initiated by the DHL to improve the company’s operating efficiency in Germany. The project is a joint development between DHL’s Global Forwarding Division along with Smartway, United States Environmental Protection Agency. The partnership gave rise to the StreetScooter in 2013, which the DHL now hopes to sell to the masses.
Tailor made for the requirements of DHL; the StreetScooter is an efficient vehicle that offers a range of 120 km and has provision for ample storage space that is essential for any delivery firm. About 50 of these StreetScooters were manufactured in 2013, from which 30 vehicles were pressed into duty in the DHL’s home ground, Germany. Now, DHL has an operational fleet of 1,000 StreetScooter.
With a life of 16 years keeping in mind usage of up to 60 hours a week. The latest iteration of the electric vehicle can carry up to 2,200 pounds(1,000 kg) of cargo.
Originally built to replace the fleet of Volkswagen vans from the DHL’s lineup, StreetScooter has exceeded all expectations from it and has performed fabulously. This has led to DHL planning to pit the vehicle against other electric car manufacturers and increasing the production of these cars to about 5,000 vehicles in a year. DHL believes the StreetScooter can give them leverage over existing companies since other automakers aren’t currently focusing on producing electric delivery vehicles. DHL’s initiative is fueled by carmakers turning down DHL’s order citing low numbers. DHL now hopes to turn the tide in its favor in the delivery vehicle segment.