First of the duo's latest electric delivery vans, known as the 'StreetScooter', unveiled in Germany
German postal trucks have been given a green makeover with the unveiling this week of the latest electric delivery vans from Deutsche Post DHL Group and Ford.
The electric vans, dubbed the 'StreetScooter WORK XL', will be used to deliver parcels in urban areas of Germany, with a rollout of 2,500 vehicles planned by the end of 2018.
Each Work XL, which has a range of between 80km and 200km, can save around five tonnes of carbon dioxide and 1,900 litres of fuel each year compared to its diesel equivalent, Deutsche Post DHL said.
The StreetScooter WORK XL will join Deutsche Post's growing fleet of electric vehicles, including the StreetScooter WORK and the WORK L.
The WORK XL is the largest of the three, with a load volume five times that of the Work and more than double the Work L, making it capable of carrying around 200 parcels at once.
"The new StreetScooter WORK XL expands our e-fleet in the commercial vehicle segment," Jürgen Gerdesa board member at Deutsche Post DHL Group said in a statement. "It is the perfect vehicle for parcel deliveries in major cities and large urban areas, and will enable us to cope with the rising parcel volumes in an even more environmentally friendly and quieter manner.
"With this commitment, we are also underlining our claim of being the market leader in green logistics."
The move is the latest in a series of encouraging announcements across the electric van sector in recent weeks.
Late last week Siemens confirmed plans for a trial system that will provide power to electric hybrid trucks via overhead cables on a stretch of German autobahn.
Meanwhile, US electric van manufacturer Chanje emerged from stealth mode this month promising to launch a new range of electric trucks, vans, and shuttle buses.