Japanese express firm Yamato orders 500 e-vehicles from Deutsche Post
JAPANESE domestic express delivery firm Yamato is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a bumper order for 500 electric light utility vehicles from StreetScooter, a subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL Group, to keep up with explosive demand for e-commerce
JAPANESE domestic express delivery firm Yamato is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a bumper order for 500 electric light utility vehicles from StreetScooter, a subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL Group, to keep up with explosive demand for e-commerce.
The electric vehicles offer an environmentally-friendly road transport solution. Their 'Made in Germany' e-transporters will be sporting a steering wheel on the right to suit Japanese roads. Delivery is scheduled for operation during fiscal 2019.
Yamato Transport director Yutaka Nagao said: 'While restructuring a sustainable last mile delivery network for TA-Q-BIN, it has been a big challenge for us to develop new delivery vehicles with the consideration of our employee's point of view.'
The order is good news for StreetScooter CEO Achim Kampker: 'It's fresh validation that our vision of building customised, industry-specific vehicles is blossoming, this time on an international scale.
'The strategic cooperation with Yamato is thus an important step on the road to tapping the Japanese market for electric light utility vehicles.'
Yamato has ordered 500 Work Pure. This model is StreetScooter at its most basic since the variant has no truck body. Truck bodies will be assembled and installed on Work Pure chassis by the Japanese company Toprec and will also be suitable for cold-chain applications.
Maintenance and repair will be performed by Yamato Autoworks, which is responsible for the group's delivery fleet and also functions as a fleet services provider for third parties.
Yamato transported 1.8 billion items in fiscal 2018. Through its 'TA-Q-BIN' service customers can send parcels, merchandise (even cold-chain items) as well as bulky goods and luggage across Japan.
StreetScooter is a pioneer in new e-mobility and a leading electric commercial vehicles manufacturer in Germany. Its zero-emission, electric utility vehicle offers significantly lower operating costs than those of a conventional internal combustion vehicle. It offers customers an insurance package and comprehensive service, including advice, financing, charging and infrastructure support.