BONN: After a one-year development phase, Deutsche Post DHL has acquired StreetScooter, a developer and producer of electric vehicles.
Founded in 2009, StreetScooter is a spin-off from the RWTH Aachen University and is made up of a consortium of around 80 companies from automotive related industries. The company's goal is to research, develop and manufacture sustainable vehicles of the future.
In 2012, Deutsche Post, Streetscooter and the university developed a prototype electric car specifically designed for mail and parcel delivery. Last year 50 pilot vehicles were deployed from several company depots. With plans to operate 100 Streetscooters next year, the company says it will convert its mail and parcel delivery in Bonn to all electric vehicles by 2016.
Speaking in 2013 Jürgen Gerdes, corporate board member for Mail for Deutsche Post said: "We operate one of the largest vehicle fleets in Germany, which is why we have a particular interest in economical and low-emission vehicles. We're confident that this vehicle will pass the test in our day-to-day operations."
Designed specifically for the company, the lithium ion battery-powered Streetscooter has a top speed of 85 km/h and a range of 120 km. It can handle 200 stops and starts daily and operate 300 days a year.
"Streetscooter is a car that companies will be able to count on and achieve economically sustainable figures," said Achim Kampker (right, with red tie), chair of Production Management at RWTH Aachen University and general manager at StreetScooter. Around 200 vehicles are produced annually at the former Talbot/Bombardier plant in Aachen.
This latest acquisition is part of the Deutsche Post DHL "GoGreen" environment program that aims to increase the company's carbon efficiency by 30 percent from a 2007 base line.