Deutsche Post DHL announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire StreetScooter GmbH, a developer of affordable electric vehicles. As a result of the agreement, which is still subject to antitrust approval, the company will also acquire the development and production rights to vehicles as well as the employees of StreetScooter GmbH.
StreetScooter GmbH is a spin-off of RWTH Aachen University and a consortium of approximately 80 industrial companies in the automotive industry and related sectors. It was established in 2010 and employs a staff of 70 at its base in Aachen, Germany.
About 20 vehicles are already included in DHL’s electric car fleet as part of the company’s pilot project for CO2-free deliveries in Bonn, Germany. As part of this project, Deutsche Post DHL is converting its entire mail and parcel operations in Bonn to electric mobility by 2016. Nearly 50 more StreetScooters are being used by various Deutsche Post sites across Germany. By 2015, some 100 StreetScooters will be operated by Deutsche Post DHL.
The acquisition will allow DHL to continue extending its use of electric vehicles across its fleet and aid the development of technologies that suit the company’s priorities.
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