Volkswagen annoyed with Deutsche Post

StreetScooters of the Deutsche Post postal service parked on a test track in Aachen, Germany, 22 August 2016.

Deutsche Post decided to create the Streetscooter brand to produce its own electric delivery vans and it’s even considering start selling them.

This decision to replace Volkswagen vans with its own electric vans didn’t amuse Volkswagen.


Volkswagen Transporter T5 by Deutsche Post

Volkswagen Transporter T5 by Deutsche Post


Losing a big commercial vehicle client like Deutsche Post is never good news. But Volkswagen has only itself to blame since the company has been reluctant to sell electric vehicles.


Matthias Mueller, Volkswagen Chief Executive said the following:

“I am annoyed beyond measure. I, of course, ask myself why Post did not talk to our VW Commercial vehicles division about doing something similar”.


But Volkswagen didn’t throw the towel yet:

“Let’s see if we can still get a foot in the door there.”


To prove that even big companies like Volkswagen can act fast when needed, Volkswagen recently unveiled a new electric commercial vehicle, the e-Crafter at the IAA 2016.


Volkswagen e-Crafter

Volkswagen e-Crafter


The Volkswagen e-Crafter has a 43 kWh battery made with the new 37 Ah battery cells (104s3p), these cells will be used in every electric vehicle made by Volkswagen in 2017.


Volkswagen e-Crafter Specs

Volkswagen e-Crafter specs


Delivery electric vans is a growing market that’s very appealing to postal services because of their low running costs. In the next months we’ll finally see Renault Kangoo ZE and Nissan e-NV200 getting more range with new batteries. Since Volkswagen will have 43 kWh batteries, maybe it’s time for the Renault-Nissan Alliance to skip 40 kWh batteries and jump right into 60 kWh for their electric vans.


What do you  think?



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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5 years ago

We can probably pretty much thank DPDHL for VW even bothering to bring the e-Crafter to market now. With the Streetscooter covering DPDHL needs in the smaller van segment I guess VW brought the e-Crafter to get in on renewing the typical parcel delivering fleet, i.e. big vans. 43 kWh is fine as an entry pack in the e-Crafter but they should have an option for a bigger one as well. When asked about it the VW exec replied “if there is demand”. Well, you have to offer it first or else people are going Deutsche Post on you 😉

Ideally I would like a 40 kWh entry model with an option for a 60 kWh pack for the e-NV200/Kangoo Z.E., but I think that’s too optimistic

5 years ago

Cant say I really care what VW or any legacy auto maker thinks about new competion when they could have already built vehicles and it was not like they wouldnt have known the post office was needing replacements…
I hope Deutsche Post submits a bid to replace the entire US post fleet which is going out for bidding over here…
The auto industry is doing the same the the compiter industry did in the 90s and early 2000s in that they are slowly outsourcing themselves out of business by and creating new competion…

I thought the real interesting thing from the article was the statement that EVs only take a 10th of the labor as an ICE car to build and them stating how cheap it is to actualy make…

5 years ago

AFAIK they responded and said they HAD been asking VW but they did not response to Deutsche Post 😉

5 years ago

slowly comes some light in the head of the stupids

5 years ago

The Norwegian postal service did this a while ago. But they made really small cars to carry only mail and no parcels, which we typically collect at our nearest supermarket while shopping groceries. The savings are huge, but the cars can be a bit irritating as their top speed is 45 kph!

5 years ago
Reply to  Terawatt

I tried to drive one of those, damn it was slow and felt unsafe. However, Posten Norge didn’t make them in the sense Deutsche Post did, they only bought them from the Spanish maker Comarth with some minor custom fittings such as actually having doors(!) and a diesel auxiliary heater. These little things didn’t handle the winter at all in some regions with regards to range and on top of that mechanics had to be flown in from Spain for repairs. They planned on buying 500 at first but conceded at a little over 200. They still use them where feasible (i.e. really short routes) but my impression is that they mostly switched to acquiring “real” cars from 2013 such as Peugeot Partner Electric, Renault Kangoo Z.E. and a few Nissan e-NV200 recently.