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.
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.
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.
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?