News Digest Item
12 Apr 2017

“Post takes Streetscooter to market – and turns into Germany’s largest e-car seller”

Deutsche Post / Handelsblatt

Deutsche Post DHL will double production capacity for its self-developed electric van, and start Streetscooter sales to third parties due to strong demand. The logistics company said in a press release it will commission another production location to ramp up annual capacity from 10,000 to 20,000 by the end of the year.
In an article in business daily Handelsblatt on the project, Christoph Schlautmann and Lukas Bay write that the Streetscooter is likely to top this year’s list of new e-car registrations in Germany. “With its push into the market for e-cars, [Deutsche Post] dupes the car industry.” Deutsche Post launched its own electric van because established carmakers did not want to produce a purpose-built model. That turned the logistics group “from client to competitor”, the authors write.  

Find the Deutsche Post press release here.

For background, read the CLEW dossier The Energiewende and German carmakers.

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