DHL Building Second Factory For StreetScooter Electric Truck Production


This story about a second DHL electric truck factory in Germany was first published by CleanTechnica

Following our earlier report about Ford possibly mass producing Deutsche Post DHL’s internally developed StreetScooter electric truck, the company has revealed that it will be doubling its own production capacity and building a new factory in Dueren near Cologne.

Electric truck from DHL

This new facility will reportedly employ 250 people, and will possess an annual production capacity of 10,000 units. Further expansion beyond that figure will be possible with the introduction of a second and/or third shift. These units will be sold primarily to third parties. Production at the new facility is slated to begin in the second quarter of 2018, a company spokesperson has revealed.

“We are now beginning the next phase of development at StreetScooter,” commented Juergen Gerdes, the head of Deutsche Post’s post, e-commerce, and parcel delivery businesses. “Our goal is and remains market leadership in green logistics.”

Reuters provides more: “Deutsche Post said it was now producing a high-performance version of its current model, with a range of 200 kilometers (124 miles) instead of 80 kilometers, and top speed of 120 kilometers per hour, up from 85. It is also testing StreetScooters with fuel-cell drives, which could travel over 500 kilometers, it said.

“Screetscooter has begun developing vehicles for specific industries, starting with the Bakery Vehicle One (BV1), an electric 3.5 tonne van developed together with bakers. Deutsche Post said it had received more than 100 advance orders for the BV1, with prices from €42,950 ($50,430). It is also talking to energy providers, waste disposal companies, municipalities, airports, facility-management companies, and caterers about customizing e-vans for their industries.”

It’s not clear yet what this announcement means as regards a possible collaboration with Ford. Presumably if collaboration with Ford continues, then it will involve the international market more so than the German one, but who can say for sure at this point?

For further background information, see: DHL (Deutsche Post) Electric Delivery Vans To Go On Sale In 2017.

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  • Jem Thomas

    This is an excellent illustration of a hidden benefit of EVs , the development cycle seems to be considerably shortened as the manufacturer is not having to deal with emissions controls which have knock on effects on the whole vehicle not just the power trains. For example the Diesel gate saga has its roots in the fact that to fit a sufficiently large AddBlue reservoir would have had a major impact on the overall cost and packaging so the German manufacturers agreed a work around, and the rest as they say is history.
    EVs with these short dev cycles are ideal for these niche applications, expect to see more such activity especially in the US where a “niche” is always bigger.

  • Who is going to build these vehicles. Average worker age in Germany is 46

    • Burnerjack

      Pretty sure they can find 250 Germans interested in a factory job that pays a fair wage.

      • Not really. The vast majority of new person power is Muslim immigrants and three quarters of them are uninterested in finding a job. Social benefits pay too well. Unemployment among ethnic Germans is almost nil. Among the immigrants: 75%

        • Burnerjack

          I understand what you’re saying, I really do. I find it incredulous that out of an entire country, a labor force of 250 can’t be fielded.
          Going with the gist of your thoughts, I do see the German economy collapsing under the weight of the freeloading invaders. As England, Germany and to a lesser extent, France are the predominant economic engines that buoy the rest of the European economy, I see the European economy collapsing under it’s own weight. As I see it, it’s not a matter of ‘if’ but of ‘when’.