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Ford starts electric delivery van production in Germany

Ford Motor Co. has started producing the Work XL electric delivery van at its European base in Cologne, Germany amid the clampdown on diesel emissions in the country, according to an Oct. 9 release.

The Work XL is equipped with a battery-electric drivetrain and a body designed specifically for StreetScooter, a subsidiary of logistics company Deutsche Post AG.

The new electric van will have a load volume of 20 cubic meters and space for more than 200 packages. It will also be equipped with a variety of electric motors and lithium-ion batteries.

In addition, the Work XL is expected to cut five tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and 1,900 liters of fuel each year, compared with diesel models.

Ford expects to produce about 3,500 units annually.

Work XL models will initially be distributed exclusively to Deutsche Post, but the companies plan to make them available to third-party customers in the future.