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DHL and StreetScooter develop hydrogen powered transport van

Christian Fernsby |
DHL Express and electric vehicle maker StreetScooter have announced their collaboration on a new electric delivery vehicle.

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The new "H2 Panel Van" will become the first 4.25 tonne electric vehicle with an added fuel cell, which will provide additional power and enable a range up to 500 kilometers.

In a first step, DHL Express has ordered 100 of the fuel cell vehicles, with delivery expected from 2020 through 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.

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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