August 31, 2019: Express delivery service DHL is taking a step towards climate friendly operations as it will introduce its 10,000th StreetScooter for parcel-delivery operations.
The 10,000th StreetScooter was presented to DHL by Andreas Pinkwart, the economics minister of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Tobias Meyer, the board of management member who oversees Post & Parcel Germany at an event in Cologne recently.
The 10,000 electric vehicles made by the Deutsche Post subsidiary StreetScooter have covered more than 100 million kilometers since their introduction. They allow DHL to promote climate friendly, low-noise mail and parcel delivery in Germany and is saving approximately 36,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.
The emission-free e-fleet is complemented by 12,000 e-bikes and etrikes. Deutsche Post DHL has also installed about 13,500 charging stations at its depots and delivery bases.
Pinkwart, economics minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Tobias
Meyer, board of management member who oversees Post & Parcel Germany
“The StreetScooter is a unique success story for electro-mobility in North Rhine-Westphalia. The e-vehicle ‘made in NRW’ has found a home in the marketplace and is the result of a close working relationship between entrepreneurial researchers and an major innovative company that is determined to make its logistics operations more climate friendly. This example impressively demonstrates the deep level of entrepreneurial creativity found in the state,” said Pinkwart.
North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous state in Germany, also has the most electric vehicles of Deutsche Post: 1,750 StreetScooters.
“The StreetScooters also enable us to create more occupational health and safety among our employees,” said Meyer.
“The vehicle has a number of features that promote the acceptance of the vehicle by colleagues, including a design that enables employees to more easily climb into and out of the truck during the many delivery stops it makes and the high loading sill that helps protect employees’ backs. This is an obvious benefit of our decision to incorporate delivery employees into the design process,” he added.