Carbon-free delivery: Electrified fleet for the postal service

The Deutsche Post DHL Group converts its entire delivery fleet in Bonn and the surrounding area to electric vehicles. There are currently 116 electric vehicles of various sizes delivering letters and packages in a climate- and environmentally friendly way to customers within the project area.

The Deutsche Post DHL Group wants to improve its CO2 efficiency per consignment by 30 per cent by 2020 compared to the reference year of 2007. And it’s the consignment vehicles that offer a wide range of potential savings. This is why the postal company started a pilot project in Bonn in 2013, in which the entire delivery fleet of the various distribution centres will be converted to electric vehicles by 2016. The project started with 80 electric vehicles and a total of at least 130 electric vehicles will be on the roads in Bonn and the surrounding area by 2016.

Engine for progress:

  • a saving of 520 tonnes of CO2 per year
  • the first electric postal delivery service in an entire city
  • one of the largest interlinked large-scale electric fleets
  • electromobility as an economically viable alternative
  • zero local emissions and noise reduction

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Photo: Jennifer Zumbusch

The pilot project makes use of a motley fleet of different electric vehicles. Small vans, light commercial vehicles and large parcel delivery vehicles are being tested. The vehicles come from different manufacturers such as Iveco, Renault, Mercedes und StreetScooter.

Roll-out planned beyond Bonn with its own proprietary vehicle designed for integrated deliveries

In Bonn, the delivery centres and hubs are already fully electrified. This was an important step as it allows the logistics company to put the large-scale electric fleet through its paces and determine the preconditions for a roll-out to other cities. Tailored to the needs of integrated deliveries, the StreetScooter has been developed as part of the project. Twenty-one StreetScooters are already in operation on the streets of Bonn. A further 350 are to be added in 2015 throughout Germany. The Deutsche Post DHL Group took over the start-up company associated with RWTH Aachen for this purpose at the end of 2014.

Added value for the environment, customers and the company

In switching to electric vehicles, the Deutsche Post DHL Group is arming itself against the challenges of the future. The more stringent restrictions on access to city centres due to particle pollution, etc., do not affect electric vehicles as they don’t produce any local pollution. The logistics company will also be able to act independently of price developments on the fuel market.

The use of electric vehicles not only reduces pollution levels for the citizens, it also helps protect flora and fauna. Use of the StreetScooter also provides the Deutsche Post DHL Group with added financial value. It is already proving to be a viable economic alternative to conventional vehicles.

electric vehicles deliver mail and parcels in Bonn project video (German)

Video: KlimaExpo.NRW

Photo: Deutsche Post DHL

By 2016 we want to expand our delivery fleet in Bonn to around 130 electric vehicles as we consider electromobility a technology of the future best suited to reducing CO2 and noise pollution in the city centre and rural areas.

Prof. Achim Kampker, Electromobility Division Manager, Deutsche Post DHL

Partners and sponsors

  • Deutsche Post AG
  • RWTH Aachen
  • Langmatz
  • Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BmUB)