CityFreighter, a young company from California with German roots, develops modular electric delivery vehicles for the so-called last mile. Now the start-up has partnered with PEM Motion to bring an innovative last-mile delivery solution to market.
As part of the collaboration, CityFreighter will leverage PEM Motion's team of engineers, developers and business experts in electric propulsion and manufacturing logistics to expand its operations in the United States and Europe. The PEM Motion team includes Professor Achim Kampker, who as CEO of StreetScooter was instrumental in the development of the delivery van now used by Deutsche Post DHL Group. With around 18,000 vehicles on the road in Germany, the Netherlands and Japan, Streetscooter now has one of the largest commercial electric fleets in the world.
CityFreighter aims to transform urban logistics and last-mile delivery by working directly with customers to develop highly specialised trucks and an integrated range of logistics services. The company will provide fleet operators with everything they need to electrify and reduce total cost of ownership.
A new strategic approach is designed to make this possible: Unlike traditional vehicle manufacturers who already focus on mass production of unit trucks when developing their vehicles, CityFreighter will work with strategic partners and contract manufacturers. This should make it possible to offer even small quantities at optimal prices while remaining profitable.
CityFreighter expects to start series production of the CF1 model, a zero-emission Class 3 delivery truck, in the third quarter of 2023. The CF1 features a sophisticated low-floor skateboard chassis with a very good payload and user-centric workplace concept.
Its 86 kWh capacity lithium-ion battery pack offers a range of 150 miles with heat pump-based thermal management. The CF1 is also equipped with several safety features, including multiple ADAS functions and stability control.
The company expects to be profitable in 2024 and reach a volume of 30,000 vehicles by 2027.