German logistics group Deutsche Post DHL and Ford have partnered to manufacture a battery-electric delivery vehicle. The E-van will utilise the Ford Transit chassis and will be equipped with a battery-electric drivetrain as well as a special body construction to match Deutsche Post and DHL Paket specifications.

Production will start next month, and DHL estimates that at least 2,500 of the vehicles will be used to support their urban delivery operations by the end of 2018.

The joint project will be the largest production of battery-electric delivery vehicles in Europe. Both DHL and Ford claim it is an important boost for e-mobility in Germany, and will significantly reduce emissions from delivery traffic.

DHL continues to develop in-house small electric delivery van

DHL caused a lot of commotion last year when it announced that it would build its own electric vans in-house, claiming that no major van manufacturers were interested in producing a small urban delivery which suited its needs.

Deutsche Post subsidiary Streetscooter GmbH, the company set up to build DHL’s StreetScooter vans, has announced that production will be massively expanded. There are currently around 2,500 StreetScooter light electrical vans operating in Germany, and approximately 20,000 units will now be produced annually.

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DHL StreetScooter light electrical van