May 30, 2018 / 11:40 AM / 23 days ago

Deutsche Post opens new site for Streetscooter production

DUEREN, Germany, May 30 (Reuters) - Deutsche Post DHL is on the way to doubling production of its Streetscooter electric van to 20,000 per year after opening a new production site in Germany, it said on Wednesday.

Deutsche Post developed the Streetscooter for internal use to keep emissions low as online shopping results in more demand for parcel deliveries, but demand from other companies for the van has pushed it to boost production.

The new production site in Dueren, north western Germany, will be able to produce around 10,000 per year and joins another factory in Aachen.

Deutsche Post currently uses over 6,000 Streetscooter vans itself.

On Monday, it won a contract to deliver 200 electric trucks to a British company that delivers bottles of milk to homes.

Reporting by Matthias Inverardi Writing by Victoria Bryan Editing by Ludwig Burger

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