QUANTRON develops EV Van for Rhenus Home Delivery’s innovative micro-depot concept


Technology company Quantron AG, which specialises in sustainable passenger and freight transport, together with the B. Göbel & Sohn GmbH, has handed over an innovative e-transporter with a lifting superstructure to the last-mile specialist Rhenus Home Delivery. The QUANTRON QLI BEV 7.2 t was specially developed for uncomplicated and emission-free deliveries from inner-city micro-depots directly to the end customer. QUANTRON will deliver a total of seven all-electric transporters with these special bodies to Rhenus Home Delivery.

Rhenus Home Delivery is the European market leader in 2-man handling of heavy bulk goods over the last mile. For end customer delivery, the company had been looking for partners who could supply them with transporters tailored to their micro-depot concept. In addition to the prerequisite of an emission-free drive, the requirement was also placed on the vehicles that they facilitated the quickest and most uncomplicated loading and unloading possible in order to optimise the delivery processes. The micro-depots serve as inner-city interim storage facilities for Rhenus Home Delivery. Starting from the local delivery depot, the swap bodies are bundled together and taken to the micro-depot overnight in order to reduce the number of individual journeys and relieve the morning rush hour.

Together with B. Göbel & Sohn GmbH, QUANTRON has developed such a unique vehicle.  QUANTRON was responsible for the electrification of the vehicle in the project. The QUANTRON QLI BEV with a total weight of 7.2 tonnes and based on the Iveco Daily, adds a new weight class to the existing QUANTRON QLI range. With its low-noise and emission-free drive, it is ideal for inner-city deliveries over the last mile. B. Göbel & Sohn GmbH has taken on the integration of the electro-hydraulic scissor lifting table. This is able to quickly load and unload the special swap bodies for the micro depot and transport them safely.

Jonas von Frieling, Head of the Innovation Hub at Rhenus Home Delivery and Rhenus High Tech: “We at Rhenus Home Delivery decided on QUANTRON because with the start of the ‘Micro-Depot Project’, it became clear relatively quickly that we wanted to realise a vehicle that was not already available on the market. And, for this cooperation, we were looking for partners who wanted to go this way together with us.”

René Wollmann, CTO and appointed executive board member of Quantron AG: “We are extremely pleased that Rhenus Home Delivery selected us, together with Göbel, as the implementation partner for their idea. The first vehicle is already in the testing phase and we look forward to taking the next steps with Rhenus Home Delivery and Göbel in order to improve and further develop this concept in the sense of a co-creation.”