Ford commenced the production of electric delivery vans in Germany with technological assistance alongside Deutsche Post startup StreetScooter.
The StreetScooter WORK XL takes heavy inspiration from Ford’s large Transit van sold in Turkey. The van features a battery-electric powertrain and a practical body that came off the sketch boards of StreetScooter.
Reports suggest that the current annual capacity will reach nearly 3,500 vehicles which will be built at Ford’s plant in Cologne. The first fleet is to be supplied to DHL Group and later to third-party customers as well.
An official statement that was issued by the American auto giant stated that it will build the electric van with a range of electric motors and lithium-ion batteries that would put our up to 122bhp of power with a peak torque of 276Nm.
Ford claims that the 76-kWh battery will deliver a maximum range of up to 200km on a single charge.
“Manufacturing the StreetScooter WORK XL at our plant in Cologne brings together perfectly Ford’s unrivalled expertise in commercial vehicle production along with StreetScooter’s strengths as an agile start-up company,” said Joerg Beyer, managing director, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “This joint project underlines that as well as being a volume manufacturer, we can also deliver smaller production runs.”
Electrified powertrains will play a key role in Ford’s European product line-up. The company is investing €9.5 billion and plans to deliver 16 fully electric vehicles within a global portfolio of 40 electrified vehicles through 2022.