Milk & More is continuing the tradition of British milkmen, who have used electric vehicles for their deliveries since 1930, with the purchase of 200 electric vehicles produced by the Deutsche Post subsidiary StreetScooter.
Powered by rechargeable batteries, the StreetScooters will replace the diesel vehicles and mean that a third of the fleet will now be electric. Noise reduction is a key customer benefit of the new floats and a very important one, given that many of the milkmen and women deliver to customers’ homes mostly by 7am.
The StreetScooters have a 905kg payload and an eight-metre cube box, and have an electric range of up to 75 miles. Economical to run, in the first month of operation, Milk & More has seen a 90 percent reduction on operational fuel costs, versus the outgoing diesel vehicles.
In addition, StreetScooter GmbH is making its charging management expertise available to Milk & More. With the help of the Cloud-based charging management system developed by StreetScooter GmbH, the electric vehicles can be efficiently charged one after the other.
Milk & More makes more than 1.5 million deliveries to over 500,000 households in the United Kingdom each week. Besides offering its range of about 200 local products, Milk & More each year produces and delivers more than 100 million “pints” – the traditional glass milk bottles that have existed for more than 150 years and have achieved cult status with many customers. The bottles are collected by the milkman after use before they are cleaned and re-used – on average 25 times.
“We wanted to make this unique tradition relevant again to the requirements of today’s customers,” says Patrick Müller, Managing Director of Milk & More. “In order to do this, we need a local product portfolio, new IT systems as well as reliable, quiet and environmentally friendly vehicles. In the StreetScooter, we have found the ideal vehicle for our needs.”