Deutsche Post has put the 1,000th e-bike from its StreetScooter subsidiary into service in the city of Osnabrück.
The electrically-assisted cargo bikes assist letter carriers in urban areas, traveling at speeds up to 25km/h and can carry up to 50kg loads.
Deutsche Posts’ letter carriers were involved in the bike’s development to ensure they met the needs of the employees who would be using them day to day. This contributed to the bike being able to carry four crates rather than the more typical three on other e-bikes.
Jürgen Gerdes, Deutsche Post DHL Group board member responsible for Post eCommerce Parcel, said: “We mean business with our climate protection campaign. We’re very passionate about it, and in addition to the benefits for the environment, our employees also benefit from using the most modern equipment.”
The number of e-bikes in service will continue to increase in years to come, and Deutsche Post is also testing StreetScooter’s ‘e-trike’ for delivery too, which can carry up to 90kg loads.
Deutsche Post already operates the largest electric vehicle fleet in Germany, with around 2,500 StreetScooter Work electric trucks and 10,500 e-bikes and e-trikes. In the medium term, the company plans to replace its entire delivery fleet with electric vehicles in line with its GoGreen environmental program.
March 30, 2017