As we reported earlier in the week, Ford Motor Company has been selected by Deutsche Post DHL to supply parts for a new battery-electric delivery van developed by the latter company’s StreetScooter subsidiary. We now have additional information about the forthcoming parcel van, thanks to an official press release from the Blue Oval.
Ford says it will supply its Transit van chassis for the new StreetScooter “Work XL”, which will be fitted with a special body based on Deutsche Post DHL specifications, and a pure-electric drivetrain. Deutsche Post’s plans to construct 2,500 units by the end of 2018 will make the joint project “the largest manufacturer of battery-electric medium-duty delivery vehicles in Europe,” according to Ford.
“E-Mobility and innovative traffic solutions for urban areas are key focuses for us as we transform our business to meet future challenges,” says Ford Europe, Middle East & Africa President Steven Armstrong. “As the leader in commercial vehicles in Europa, this partnership plays perfectly to our strengths and in StreetScooter and the Deutsche Post DHL Group we have a partner with enormous competence and a worldwide network.”
Deutsche Post’s StreetScooter already produces a smaller parcel van called the “StreetScooter Work”, and production on that model is also set to ramp up as the company opens a new manufacturing plant; an annual rate of 20,000 vehicles, double the current rate of production, has been targeted.