Deutsche Post DHL Group and Ford have revealed the first of their joint vehicle, the StreetScooter Work XL electric delivery van.

The logistics giant announced its partnership with the manufacturer in June, scaling up DHL subsidiary StreetScooter's own electric vehicles.

The StreetScooter Work XL, unveiled today in Cologne, is built on a Ford Transit chassis.

The patnership plans to have built 150 of the van by the end of the year, and 2,500 by the end of 2018.

The fully-electric vehicles will be used on urban parcel delivery operations with Deutsche Post DHL, although the Work XL is also available to third party customers.

The new van has a load volume of 20m3, which can store more than 200 parcels. The battery has a range of 80-200km.

Steven Armstrong, Ford's group vice president and president of Europe, Middle East & Africa, said:

"We're really proud of this ambitious project, and of the strong partnership we've developed with Deutsche Post DHL Group and StreetScooter.

"This joint project will be Europe's largest manufacturer of emission-free, medium-sized e-vans, and it doesn't come a moment too soon. Buses, cars, and of course, delivery vans play vital roles in our daily lives, but we have to find a way to make them cleaner. This project is a great step along this path."