We previously reported on the decision by major German fish distributor Deutsche See to sue Volkswagen over VW’s earlier claims that the diesel vans that it had sold to Deutsche See were “environmentally friendly.” That lawsuit followed the start of the broader Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scandal, of course.
Now, as a result of Volkswagen’s refusal to offer electric vans to Deutsche See, the company has revealed that it will be purchasing 80 electric delivery vans from Deutsche Post DHL Group. Deutsche Post (DHL), as we reported previously, began building its own electric delivery vans after being told by Volkswagen that it wasn’t possible. It turns out, of course, that it was possible, and also quite cheap. Following that realization, Deutsche Post announced that it would probably begin selling its electric vans to other fleet operators in the region at some point.
The news originates with the German news agency Bild am Sonntag, which quoted Deutsche See executive director Egbert Miebach as saying: “VW could not and did not want to offer us an electric solution for our commercial transportation needs in 10 years.”
Reuters provides more: “Deutsche Post is phasing out use of VW Caddy vans in favour of Streetscooter electric vans it has designed. The company said earlier this month it plans to double annual output to 20,000 vans by the end of the year and to sell Streetscooters to external customers.
“Deutsche See said fish deliveries with Streetscooter vans will start immediately in Cologne and subsequently be expanded to include about 20 other urban locations. Neither Bild am Sonntag nor Deutsche See gave the value of the contract.”
Volkswagen reps declined to comment on the news.