In 1995, at a time when email was beginning to replace snail mail, Deutsche Bundespost was privatized, becoming Deutsche Post. Like most other privatized postal services in the world, the company faced an uncertain future, but the national institution is now the dominant freight and logistics company in the world, and is looking to cement its future by developing its own fleet of autonomous delivery vehicles.
After becoming privatized, Deutsche Post began acquiring shares in American International freight company DHL and completed its acquisition in 2002. Fifteen years later, the company we now know as Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) is the world’s largest mail and logistics company, with half a million employees servicing over 220 countries.
The shrewd judgement of DPDHL continued in 2014 when it recognized that having a delivery fleet of thousands of vehicles worldwide gave it the perfect platform to build, test and evolve its own electric vehicles and it promptly purchased fledgling German EV company, StreetScooter GmbH.
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