BMW is getting involved with Deutsche Post DHL's electric Streetscooter vans, providing battery modules as well as fleet management and finance.
Streetscooter and Alphabet
BMW subsidiary Alphabet will leverage its leasing expertise to lease StreetScooters to corporate and government customers. Initially, the deal will involve the leasing of 500 of Deutsche Post's electric delivery vehicles.
Alphabet's eMobility solution, AlphaElectric, currently has a portfolio of around 5,500 electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and electric transporters. In addition to leasing/finance, AlphaElectric offers features such as vehicle servicing, claims management, and charging infrastructure.
With the StreetScooter, Deutsche Post has become a major manufacturer of electric vehicles. This latest deal propels Deutsche Post further down that path, meaning that more delivery companies (or businesses offering home delivery) that need a delivery vehicle will be able to buy or lease a StreetScooter.
As of November 2017, Deutsche Post had 5000 StreetScooters in its fleet, resulting in in an annual reduction of more than 16,000 tons of carbon emissions.
Deutsche Post DHL wants to convert its entire mail and parcel delivery fleet of just under 50,000 vehicles to zero-emission by 2050.
Powering the StreetScooter
BMW will be supplying battery modules for the StreetScooter. The vehicle will use the same battery modules as the BMW i3.
The battery packs will be manufactured at the BMW Group Competence Center for Electric Mobility and are composed of 8 modules, outfitted with 12 cells each — making for a total capacity of 33 kilowatt-hours (kWh).
Ford's super-sized StreetScooter
Meanwhile Ford has partnered with Deutsche Post to produce larger StreetScooters called the StreetScooter WORK XL, with 2500 planned to be built by the end of 2018.
The vehicle is based on a Ford Transit chassis fitted with a battery-electric drivetrain and a body designed and built to Deutsche Post DHL Group specifications.
Deutsche Post DHL Group will use the e-vans to support its urban parcel delivery service in Germany.
Perhaps Ford has learned from Volkswagen's mistakes. Deutsche Post is phasing out the Volkswagen Caddy vans in its fleet in favour of Streetscooters. Volkswagen reportedly got its knickers in a knot when Deutsche Post decided to go it alone in the development of the StreetScooter.
The WORK XL will have a load volume of 20 cubic metres and provide storage space for over 200 parcels, with a range of between 80 km and 200 km.
Like StreetScooter's existing electric models, the WORK XL could be also sold to third-party customers.
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