Deutsche Post DHL’s all-electric delivery vehicles — developed and manufactured by the wholly owned subsidiary Streetscooter GmbH — are now utilizing BMW i3 battery packs, according to a new press release from BMW itself.
What’s meant by that statement, of course, is that the Streescooter units are utilizing battery packs identical to those used in BMW i3s — battery packs being manufactured at the BMW Group Competence Center for Electric Mobility in Dingolfing.
These battery packs are composed of 8 modules, outfitted with 12 cells each — making for a total capacity of 33 kilowatt-hours (kWh). Notably, the battery management system, and sensor and climate control tech, are all BMW designed as well. The battery cells themselves come from Samsung SDI.
The CEO of Streetscooter GmbH, Professor Achim Kampker, commented on the news: “The BMW i3 high-voltage modules are exemplary for extraordinary reliability and performance in the car sector. They enable us to use state-of-the-art electric drive technology and integrated energy management even in demanding supply and distribution traffic.”
The announcement represents a further milestone on Deutsche Post DHL’s path towards building and selling an affordable, mass-production all-electric delivery van … something that had been claimed to be impossible by some industry figures in recent times. To elaborate on that, when Deutsche Post requested that Volkswagen supply it with such vehicles, execs at one of the world’s auto manufacturers reportedly scoffed — essentially saying that such a vehicle couldn’t be provided at a reasonable price. Following that exchange, Deutsche Post went about developing its own.
For more information and backstory on that, see: Deutsche Post DHL Building 2nd StreetScooter Electric Van Factory, Doubling Production Volume.
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