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Street Scooter, a subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has received EC type approval from the KBA—the German transport authority—for large series production of its WORK electric delivery van.

This follows approval for its WORK XL model earlier this year, manufactured by Ford, and grants the company production permission in other EU countries too, as well as Switzerland and Norway.

Deutsche Post DHL Group announced in 2016 that it would start selling its Street Scooters to other companies, as well as using them in its own DHL fleets, much to the chagrin of Volskwagen. The company is currently able to produce up to 20,000 electric vans per year.

Street Scooter approved for large series production
Credit: Deutsche Post DHL Group

In August it was reported by Der Spiegel that Daimler engineers had posed as workers from a fake nursing service in order to covertly sign up for a StreetScooter rental—before heavily damaging the vehicle through testing. In other words, rivals have taken note of the potential competition.

“The level of interest shown in the Street Scooter by companies with large fleets, tradespeople and municipal corporations is huge,” said Achim Kampker, CEO of Street Scooter. “Approval for large series production means that when filling fleet orders, large numbers of vehicles can be put on the road without problems, including abroad. Given our production quantities, this is a truly vital step.”

He added: “We receive lots of inquiries and concrete orders from abroad. We can now meet that demand with greater efficiency and effectiveness, especially where large orders are concerned.”

Source: Deutsche Post DHL Group

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