More and more postal and delivery services are switching to electricity. The US Postal Service recently announced that it will double the number of purchased electric delivery vans to over 25,000 vehicles. Deutsche Post/DHL has been operating one of the largest electric vehicle fleets in Germany since 2019: 10,000 street scooters developed and produced in-house and around 12,000 electric bicycles.
But the street scooters they designed and built themselves failed. Burnt batteries, high production and maintenance costs led DHL to abandon the production of electric vans and finally sold the production rights. By 2023, DHL intends to invest seven billion euros in environmentally neutral logistics. The Street Scooter Gigabox, which can carry up to 240 parcels in its twelve cubic meters of cargo space - electrically, should of course bring more success.
The US delivery giant originally ordered 100,000 delivery vehicles in 2019, which are officially named EDVs - Electric Delivery Vans - and should be delivered by the end of 2024.