At Picnic in Bochum, Germany, several vans burned out last week. Deliveries had to be canceled on Wednesday, but a solution was found for Friday.
On Wednesday evening, the Bochum fire brigade was called to a fire in a hall of the delivery service. Around 3 a.m., an employee of the warehouse in the Langendreer district reported a burning vehicle. When emergency services arrived, several of the small electric vans were already on fire. The fire was under control after twenty minutes. i
According to the fire brigade, the extinguishing work in Langendreer dragged on for several hours: The e-vehicles affected by the fire had to be cooled in front of the hall so that the batteries did not catch fire again.
It is not the first time that Picnic’s electric delivery vans have caught fire. This has already happened several times in the Netherlands. The online supermarket started an investigation into the delivery vehicles last year, after three electric vehicles went up in flames in Rotterdam.