DHL And StreetScooter To Deploy 100 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vans
Deutsche Post DHL expanded the StreetScooter all-electric business, but now seeks hydrogen fuel cells too?
Deutsche Post DHL announced that together with its subsidiary StreetScooter iw ill develop a hydrogen fuel cell version of the StreetScooter WORK XL van – the StreetScooter H2 Panel Van.
The all-electric StreetScooter WORK XL is produced at Ford’s plant in Cologne, Germany. The hydrogen version will be able to drive up to 500 km (310 miles).
DHL intends to jump-start the project with an order for 100 units that will be delivered between 2020 and 2021.
“The H2 Panel Van, which is based on the StreetScooter WORK XL delivery vehicle already used by DHL Parcel, features cargo capacity over 10 cubic meters (approx. 100 Express parcels). With a maximum payload of over 800 kg, the H2 Panel Van achieves a maximum permissible weight of 4.25 tonnes. In Germany, an exemption for lightweight battery electric commercial vehicles means that drivers with “Class B” licenses (normally for passenger cars or trucks up to 3.5 t) can operate the H2 Panel Van. For now, DHL Express will be the exclusive user of the new vehicle. The Group currently has no plans to sell the H2 Panel Van to third parties outside Deutsche Post DHL Group.
As with the larger WORK XL, the H2 Panel Van will be realized in collaboration with Ford.”
StreetScooter H2 Panel Van specs:
We are a little surprised about the interest in FCVs, especially after building an all-electric business, but maybe the best way to find the answer is to follow the money:
“The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) as part of its National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP II).”
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