Ford marks electric post van for express delivery

Ford is teaming up with a German postal service to manufacture a battery-electric delivery van. The car manufacturer hopes its new partnership with Deutsche Post will see the proposed E-Van […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Ford is teaming up with a German postal service to manufacture a battery-electric delivery van.

The car manufacturer hopes its new partnership with Deutsche Post will see the proposed E-Van enable zero-emission delivery traffic and provide an important boost for e-mobility across the country.

The German mail business has already designed and produced a zero-emission small van called the StreetScooter.

Based on the chassis of the Ford Transit, the new, larger vehicle will be equipped with a battery-electric drive train and fitted with a special body construction designed for transporting letters and packages.

The start of production is scheduled for July 2017 and the companies hope before the end of 2018, at least 2,500 vehicles will be on German roads.

Jürgen Gerdes, Executive Board Member of Deutsche Post AG, said: “I consider this partnership another important boost for electro-mobility in Germany.

“It will relieve the inner cities and increase the people’s quality of life. We will continue working on completely carbon dioxide-neutral logistics.”

The UK’s Royal Mail is to start trials of nine all-electric vans in London this month.