DHL Creates Its Own Electric Delivery Van, VW Not Happy

DHL is rolling out a fleet of bespoke electric delivery vans across numerous German cities to meet demand for environmentally friendly deliveries.

The German postal and logistics group is currently using its StreetScooter delivery van in place of the conventionally-powered Volkswagen vans it once used across Germany.

DHL opted to build its very own vehicle after its requests to existing carmakers to build a limited-run of electric vans were denied. Now, there are already 1,000 units on the streets being used by DHL and production will soon hit 5,000 units annually. Each van has been designed to last approximately 16 years when used six days a week for 10 hours at a time.

In creating the delivery van, DHL embarked on a wide search for suppliers and succeeded meaning doesn’t produce a single component of the van in-house. The electric drivetrain for example comes from Bosch while the headlights are manufactured by Hella.

While DHL seems rather proud of the StreetScooter, VW isn’t too happy about its Caddy vans being replaced.

Speaking with Reuters, Volkswagen AG chief executive Matthias Mueller said “I am annoyed beyond measure. I, of course, ask myself why Post did not talk to our VW Commercial vehicles division about doing something similar. Let’s see if we can still get a foot in the door there.”

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  • TheHake

    “In creating the delivery van, DHL embarked on a wide search for suppliers and succeeded meaning doesn’t produce a single component of the van in-house.” – THAT sentence doesn’t make ANY sense… ???

    • KareKakk

      Maybe; “…succeeded fully, meaning DHL doesn’t need to produce a… “

  • Blanka Li

    DHL’s coolness factor just went up. Nobody will help us? F’it. We’ll do it ourselves.

    • Status

      “Oh but now you’ve annoyed me sooo much! Why didn’t you talk to one of the other arms of the VW octopus?! I’m so annoyed right now!” [/VW]

  • kachuks

    Calling someone annoying won’t help win their business back.

    • Chris C

      So sack your sales guys who clearly weren’t in regular meaningful liaison with a major customer…
      Seems a bit odd that DHL only did this vehicle for one country they operate in. There are specialist electric vehicle manufacturers, eg Smith Electric Vehicles in the UK (already supply TNT and Fedex), who presumably would have been very keen to get this contract. At least DHL didn’t do a UPS in introducing a crude US vehicle design unsuited to European conditions.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Speaking with Reuters, Volkswagen AG chief executive Matthias Mueller said “I am annoyed beyond measure.
    Is that a bit like the NO2 that was beyond limits? Customers are annoyed too.

  • Enter Ranting

    I’m all for anything that screws over VW.

  • Tumbi Mtika
  • john1168

    LMAO! Stupid VW… Looks like a missed opportunity for VW…

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