* Deutsche Post developed van itself
* Seeks new site to double production to 20,000 vans
* Price of van starts from 32,000 euros
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DUESSELDORF, Germany, April 11 German logistics
group Deutsche Post DHL Group plans to take on
carmakers by stepping up production of its Streetscooter
electric van and selling it to external customers.
Deutsche Post developed the Streetscooter for internal use
to keep emissions low as online shopping results in more demand
for parcel deliveries.
However, it has been considering whether to sell it to
others and said on Tuesday it said it would seek another
production site and double annual output to 20,000 vans by the
end of the year. It plans to sell around half of this year's
production to third-party customers.
The group decided to design and make its own van after
conventional vehicle makers turned down requests to build the
Deutsche Post is phasing out use of Volkswagen's
Caddy vans in favour of Streetscooters, and going it alone with
the electric van project has upset VW.
Deutsche Post currently has about 2,500 StreetScooter vans
in its fleet and plans to at least double that this year, it
said on Tuesday.
The company expects demand for the van, which will start
selling at a price of 32,000 euros ($34,000), from municipal
authorities, strategic partners and large fleet customers.
It will sell the vans itself, and customers will be able to
use a network of 400 garages across Germany for repairs and
"The large demand for the StreetScooter and our own
ambitious climate-protection goals have encouraged us to further
expand our commitment in the area of electro-mobility and to
also make our expertise available to others," Deutsche Post
board member Juergen Gerdes said in a statement.
In an interview with newspaper Rheinische Post, Gerdes said
he could imagine production of up to 100,000 vans a year across
10 factories in the long run.
He said Deutsche Post was not planning to float
StreetScooter on the stock market but did not rule it out in the
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(Reporting by Matthias Inverardi; Writing by Edward Taylor and
Victoria Bryan; Editing by Georgina Prodhan and Susan Fenton)