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Japanese logistics provider Yamato Transport has ordered 500 electric vehicles from StreetScooter, a Deutsche Post DHL Group subsidiary.

The hundred-year-old Yamato Transport is Japan’s leading business for domestic parcels. According to the Group, the company is looking to offer more in the way of environmentally-friendly services, and will be using models of the WORK Pure StreetScooter that have been modified to meet Japanese standards—including a steering wheel on the right.

The WORK Pure is the StreetScooter’s “basic” chassis variant, without a cargo box or bed, which allows it to be modified in a greater number of ways. The boxes will be added by Japanese company Toprec, while Yamato Autoworks will manage fleet maintenance.

Japanese logistics company Yamato Transport orders 500 StreetScooters
Credit: Deutsche Post DHL Group

“We’re truly thrilled that Yamato has chosen our electric vehicles,” said Achim Kampker, CEO of StreetScooter. “It’s fresh validation that our vision of building customized, industry-specific vehicles is blossoming, this time on an international scale. The strategic cooperation with Yamato is thus an important step on the road to tapping the Japanese market for electric light utility vehicles.”

“While restructuring a sustainable last mile delivery network for TA-Q-BIN [Yamato’s small parcels service], it has been a big challenge for us to develop new delivery vehicles with the consideration of our employee’s point of view,” said Yutaka Nagao, Yamato Transport’s representative director, president and executive officer.

“This encounter with StreetScooter is truly exciting to us, and we’re looking forward to our first step towards a resolution through joint development.”

Source: Deutsche Post DHL Group

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