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Japan's Yamato and Germany's DHL jointly develop electric van

Greater Tokyo to be home to 500 of the vehicles and about 100 charging stations

A DHL electric truck: Japanese and German rivals are teaming up on a new delivery vehicle that is expected to lessen the strain on personnel and help Japan's Yamato deal with the country's labor shortage.

TOKYO -- Yamato Holdings, a Japanese parcel delivery company, and DHL, the Deutsche Post group's international logistics company, are jointly developing a small electric truck for door-to-door deliveries.

Plans are to bring 500 of the vehicles to the Tokyo metropolitan area by fall.

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