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, presented the 10,000th StreetScooter that will be used in DHL’s parcel-delivery operations at an event in Cologne.
With 10,000 electric vehicles made by the Deutsche Post subsidiary StreetScooter that have covered more than 100 million kilometers since their introduction, the Group is facilitating 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 e-trikes. Deutsche Post DHL Group has also installed about 13,500 charging stations at its depots and delivery bases. By comparison: Germany currently has merely 20,650 public and semi-public charging points across the country, according to the Bundesverbandes der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft (BDEW – the German association of energy and water industries). As a result, Deutsche Post is the largest private operator of a charging network in the country.
North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous state in Germany, also has the most electric vehicles of Deutsche Post: 1,750 StreetScooters. The state is followed by Bavaria (approximately 1,400) as well as Baden-Württemberg and Lower Saxony (both approximately 1,200). The electric transporters are charged overnight at one of approximately 13,500 charging stations that StreetScooter GmbH has installed at the depots and delivery bases that Deutsche Post DHL Group operates across Germany.
Since several StreetScooters have to be charged simultaneously overnight at many depots, StreetScooter has developed an intelligent, IT-managed charging management system that optimally uses the available power in the grid. StreetScooter also offers its entire range of expertise regarding charging infrastructure to third-party customers. The service is completely designed with the customer’s needs in mind, from the wall-box that is used to charge individual vehicles to comprehensive fleet solutions.
“The StreetScooters also enable us to create more occupational health and safety among our employees,” Tobias Meyer said. “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.”
The e-mobility offensive is part of the company’s GoGreen environmental protection program. As part of this program, Deutsche Post DHL Group plans to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero by 2050. One of the four sub-goals set by this program is to improve the quality of life of local residents by 2025 by offering clean transport solutions. As part of this effort, the Group plans to transfer up to 70% of its own collections and deliveries to clean solutions like bicycles or electric vehicles.