KLETTWITZ / ARNHEM – Letters and packages are soon to travel electrically in Germany. In collaboration with Deutsche Post DHL, StreetScooter GmbH and institutes of RWTH Aachen University have developed an electric vehicle that is specially tailored to the needs of letter and package delivery services. After tests in the laboratories of DEKRA Testing and Certification in Arnhem, the Netherlands, and at the DEKRA Automobile Test Center (DATC) in Klettwitz, Germany, the first of 50 vehicles has now received its individual operating licence.
The experts in Arnhem undertook a thorough investigation of the vehicle’s electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). These tests were followed by the technical acceptance inspection in Klettwitz, which lasted several days. In the inspection, the components relevant to driving safety, such as the brakes and steering, were examined first. With measurement equipment on board, the vehicle had to demonstrate its driving safety on the demanding test tracks of the DATC. Subsequently, the experts examined the safety of many more aspects such as lighting, mirrors, field of vision and outer edges, ensuring they complied with the regulations. As the StreetScooter is an electric vehicle, the otherwise mandatory emission test was not performed. However, the electric safety of the vehicle was tested with extensive measurements in order to rule out any hazards that may be caused by the high voltage in the vehicle.
A total of 50 vehicles will be tested by the DEKRA experts in Arnhem and Klettwitz and then approved in the individual registration procedure before they enter endurance testing under everyday conditions at Deutsche Post DHL. In letter and package delivery service, the vehicles must be able to perform up to 200 stops and starting processes every day and are in use for up to 300 days per year. The 50 vehicles will be used in the pilot project “Carbon neutral delivery in Bonn” as well as at various delivery bases throughout Germany.
During the development phase, DEKRA had already assisted the developers in an advisory role. “As an expert organisation, we are involved quite consciously in many different areas in the field of electromobility,” says Clemens Klinke, a member of the DEKRA SE Management Board and responsible for the Automotive business unit. “The use of such vehicles under everyday conditions is a crucial requirement to allow them to be continually developed further. Only in this way can electromobility prevail in the long term.”
DEKRA SE is one of the world’s leading expert organisations. The company currently runs activities in more than 50 countries. More than 28,000 employees are committed to ensuring long-term safety, quality and environmental protection. The DEKRA Business Units “Automotive”, “Industrial” and “Personnel” provide professional and innovative services in the fields of vehicle testing, expert appraisals, international claims settlement, consulting, industrial testing, product testing, certification, environmental protection, qualification as well as temporary work. In 2012, DEKRA generated sales totalling almost 2.2 billion euros.
The StreetScooter undergoing brake measurement on the ABS track at the DEKRA Automobile Test Center in Klettwitz300 dpi