DHL celebrates 10,000th StreetScooter in operation

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DHL has taken ownership of its 10,000th StreetScooter for use in parcel delivery operations in Germany.

With 10,000 electric vehicles made by the Deutsche Post subsidiary StreetScooter that have covered more than 100 million kilometers (62 million miles) since their introduction, DHL is facilitating climate friendly, low-noise mail and parcel delivery in Germany and is saving approximately 36,000 metric tons of CO2 each 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.

The 10,000th StreetScooter was presented to DHL by Andreas Pinkwart, the economics minister of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), and Tobias Meyer, DPDHL board of management member who oversees Post & Parcel Germany at a ceremony held in Cologne on August 30.

Pinkwart said, “The StreetScooter is a unique success story for electromobility 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 a 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.”

Meyer added, “Deutsche Post DHL Group is the clear market leader in green logistics with its 10,000 electric vehicles, its 12,000 e-bikes and e-trikes and its 13,500 charging stations. Our strong commitment to e-mobility shows that environmental protection is hardly a passing fancy or a way to score public relations points at our company. We take this issue very seriously. You simply have to look at our ambitious goal to achieve zero emissions by 2050 to see just how serious we are about it. The 10,000th StreetScooter is an important milestone on the way to the ‘green zero’ and shows one thing: Deutsche Post DHL Group is taking forceful action and is fueling transport change in Germany.”

L-R: Tobias Meyer, DPDHL board of management member who oversees Post & Parcel Germany and Andreas Pinkwart, the economics minister of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia

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 such as bicycles or electric vehicles.

Watch a video on DHL’s e-vehicle achievements here

Interested in technology to improve urban delivery and make it greener? Make sure to catch the session ‘Urban delivery technology’ at the Parcel+Post Expo Conference this October.

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