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Streetscooter and DHL develop fuel cell van

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DHL Express and electric vehicle maker StreetScooter have announced their collaboration on the development of a new electric delivery vehicle, the H2 Panel Van.

The van, displayed at the Green Tech Festival in Berlin, is the first 4.25-tonne electric vehicle with an added fuel cell, which will provide additional power and enable a range of up to 300 miles before refuelling. It is based on the StreetScooter WORK XL delivery vehicle used by DHL Parcel and has been produced in collaboration with Ford.

The H2 Panel Van has a cargo capacity of more than 10 cubic metres, which DHL says translates to about 100 parcels. It also has a maximum payload of more than 800kg and achieves a maximum permissible weight of 4.25 tonnes.

The vehicle has a maximum speed of approximately 75mph and the built-in battery has a capacity of 40 kWh. There is also a fuel cell with 26 kW and a hydrogen tank with a tank volume of six kilograms, which allows the 300-mile range.

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). DHL Express has ordered 100 of the fuel cell vehicles, with delivery expected in 2020 and 2021.

Markus Reckling, CEO DHL Express Germany, said: “With the H2 Panel Van, DHL Express becomes the first express provider to use a larger number of electric vehicles with fuel cells for last-mile logistics. This underscores our aspiration to be not only the fastest and most reliable provider on the market, but also the most climate friendly.”