BERLIN -- Deutsche Post DHL Group is seeing increased interest in its new electric delivery van after a debate on diesel emissions has gathered pace in Germany.
The group is producing and selling its own electric delivery vans, known as Streetscooter and in June said it was teaming up with Ford Motor Co. as a components supplier for a new line of larger vehicles.
The move to sell to external customers has taken on new significance given the debate over diesel and gasoline engines in Germany, with politicians and car bosses last week agreeing measures to cut pollution and repair the car industry's battered reputation.
"For us the timing is good in terms of our decision to sell it to third parties," Deutsche Post Chief Financial Officer Melanie Kreis told journalists.
"We are in very intense discussions with different potential customers and the talk of diesel bans has fueled those," she said.
Kreis was speaking after the group reported a bigger than expected rise in second-quarter profit, driven by parcel deliveries and its Express business.