Ford launches serial production of the electric delivery van

Photo: DHL

Ford has begun production of the StreetScooter WORK XL electric van at its European headquarters in Cologne, Germany. Based on a Transit chassis, which is produced at the Ford Otosan joint venture plant in Kocaeli, Turkey, the medium-sized electric delivery van is fitted with a battery-electric drivetrain and a body designed and built to StreetScooter specifications. StreetScooter has been a subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL Group since 2014.

Around 180 Ford employees are working in two shifts to build up to 16 WORK XL models per day, providing an annual production capacity of 3,500 units.

Photo: DHL

“Manufacturing the StreetScooter WORK XL at our plant in Cologne brings together perfectly Ford’s unrivalled expertise in commercial vehicle production along with StreetScooter’s strengths as an agile company and market leader for electric commercial vehicles in Germany,” said Joerg Beyer, managing director, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “This joint project underlines that as well as being a volume manufacturer, we can also deliver smaller production runs.”

WORK XL is the largest delivery van in the StreetScooter portfolio, with a load volume of 20 m3, room for more than 200 packages, and a payload of up to 1,275 kg. Ford will manufacture the van with a range of electric motors and lithium-ion batteries, delivering up to 90 kW (122 PS) and a maximum torque of 276 Nm. With a battery capacity of up to 76 kWh, the WORK XL has a range of up to 200 kilometers. Compared with diesel models, each electric delivery van will offer a reduction in CO2 emissions of 5 tonnes each year and a saving of 1,900 liters of fuel.

Deutsche Post DHL Group is using the WORK XL to support its urban parcel delivery service in Germany.

“With Ford, we have found the ideal partner who understands our flexible and customer-oriented way of production. Together, we are promoting electromobility in Germany and making inner city delivery traffic more environmentally friendly and quieter,” said Achim Kampker, CEO and founder, StreetScooter. “With the new StreetScooter WORK XL, we now have the perfect e-van for parcel delivery in metropolitan areas, which in the future will also benefit other transport companies.”

At the start, the WORK XL models will be distributed exclusively to Deutsche Post DHL Group. In the future, however, the largest of the StreetScooter vans will also be sold to third-party customers, like it smaller siblings WORK and WORK L already. Ford Transit Center is handling both the sales and service for the smaller e-vans at more than 50 different sites nationwide. Overall, StreetScooter e-vans can be purchased at over 100 sales locations throughout Germany.

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