LONDON – Last-mile transportation supplier B-On, led by former BMW board member Stefan Krause, plans to construct on its acquisition of electrical supply van maker StreetScooter Engineering.
Krause informed Automotive News Europe his subsequent goals are so as to add an electrical three-wheel van maker and to develop an “urban mobility” passenger automobile.
Krause, who was BMW’s chief monetary officer after which head of worldwide gross sales between 2002 and 2008, has additionally held top-level jobs at Deutsche Post, Deutsche Bank and U.S. EV startups Canoo, Faraday Future and Fisker.
B-On, which was previously referred to as Odin Automotive, purchased the StreetScooter van household, mental property, tooling and the contract with producer Neapco from Deutsche Post in January. Deutsche Post determined to exit the van making enterprise practically eight years after shopping for the German startup in 2014.
B-On will use StreetScooter’s core Work L van, its bigger sibling, the Gigabox, and the three-wheel vans to determine a worldwide firm centered on promoting last-mile supply options, Krause stated on the sidelines of the London MOVE 22 city mobility present.
The StreetScooter identify will not be used on the autos.
While Krause did not identify the three-wheeler firm purchased by B-On, Automotive News Europe confirmed individually that it was Hong Kong-based Kyto Ventures https://www.kytoventures.com/.
The rickshaw-styled autos shall be made at a manufacturing facility in Indonesia, Krause stated.
Deutsche Post obtained into the electrical van enterprise after failing to discover a appropriate automobile to supply zero-emission city supply.
The choice to construct the StreetScooter famously irritated former Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller, who questioned why Deutsche Post hadn’t requested VW first.
Deutsche Post collaborated with Ford to construct an XL model of the StreetScooter based mostly on the Transit van, however in 2020 the logistics firm introduced it could cease making StreetScooters by the top of the yr as a result of extreme value.
Deutsche Post, nonetheless, continued manufacturing of the StreetScooter into 2022.
B-On has a contract to provide the logistics large and its subsidiary, DHL, with a set variety of vans yearly. Krause declined to say what number of, however the quantity is known to be about 3,000 a yr.