Daimler Trucks & Buses aims up to the year 2039, in the triad markets of Europe, Japan and the NAFTA region, only new vehicles are in the vehicle (“tank-to-wheel”) CO2-neutral. Already by the year 2022, the vehicle portfolio of Daimler Trucks & Buses in the main sales regions of Europe, USA and Japan series vehicles with battery-electric drive should comprise. Until the end of the next decade, Daimler Trucks & Buses will have to be completed vehicle range with the addition of hydrogen-powered series-production vehicles.
Daimler Trucks & Buses, celebrated just this week, the world premiere of fuel cell-prototype “Vision F-Cell” of the brand FUSO at the Tokyo Motor Show in Japan and is looking to strengthen systematically its activities in the area of hydrogen. In addition, all of the European plants of Daimler Trucks & Buses up to the year 2022 CO2-neutral. All other works will follow.
Martin Daum, the Board of management of Daimler AG responsible for Trucks and buses, said today during his Keynote at the German logistics Congress in Berlin: “At Daimler Trucks & Buses, we are committed to the objectives of the Paris climate protection Agreement, and therefore to the Decarbonisation of our industry. A CO2-neutral Transport on the roads by 2050 is our ultimate goal. This is only achievable if our customers in terms of cost and infrastructure, the competitive conditions for CO2-neutral Transport will be created. As for a full fleet renewal, by 2050, around ten years are necessary, it is our Ambition that by the year 2039 a complete ‘tank-to-wheel and local CO2-neutral vehicles in the triad to offer. Really local CO2-neutral Transport only works with battery-electric drive, or on the Basis of hydrogen. We have committed ourselves as the first manufacturer in the consistently of electric mobility in heavy Trucks, are now a pioneer, and in all segments of our customers. In the case of buses, we are making with our integrated E-mobility approach consisting of electric city bus, and consulting, is already making a significant contribution to a locally emission-free local public TRANSPORT of the future and air pollution in Metropolitan areas.“
“Local CO2-neutral Trucks and buses are not a self-runner, because even in the year 2040, the cost will be in spite of all the efforts on the manufacturer’s side – and the total cost of Trucks and buses with electric drive operation are even higher than for diesel vehicles. We therefore need state steering intervention, in order to make local CO2-neutral Trucks and buses competitive. Necessary, in particular, a Europe-wide transition and differentiation of the toll according to CO2, wherein a CO2-neutral vehicles is a significant toll relief should get is a targeted funding program for buses, as well as for an area-wide Charging and hydrogen infrastructure, and also uniform Standards for the Transport, and the Refuelling of hydrogen,“ Daum continues.
Global E-Truck Portfolio
With electric Trucks, Daimler Trucks, collects since the year 2010 and has since 2017, his first in a small series-produced all-electric Truck on the market and in the hands of the customer: the light Truck Fuso eCanter. More than 140 eCanter are already in customer use in cities worldwide, including New York City, Tokyo, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Paris and Lisbon. The heavy-duty Trucks Mercedes-Benz eActros with a range of up to 200 km in the framework of the eActros “innovation fleet” in the intensive customers in Germany and Switzerland. The first customer delivery in 2018. In the USA, the medium-duty Freightliner eM2 and the heavy Freightliner eCascadia currently undergoing intensive field testing with customers.
Practical overall E-mobility system for buses
The all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro produced at the Mannheim location since 2018 is already in the series, provides cities and transport companies the opportunity to have their fleets on locally emission-free Driving to switch. Even today, the eCitaro drive operation already in cities such as Berlin, Hamburg, Oslo/Norway and Ystad in Sweden in the line; deliveries were also made to Luxembourg, and Switzerland. The eCitaro developed with a view to practical use in the line of traffic continuously. From 2021, the eCitaro comes with the next generation of batteries, and in the second half in 2020, with solid batteries (Lithium-Polymer-batteries) on the market. From 2022 there is the Battery bus with a Range Extender (hydrogen-based fuel cell powered high-voltage battery power). The future of battery technologies lead to an increase in the use of cover in the control operation of the fuel cell as a Range Extender can then be covered almost all the routes. Since the electrification of the bus fleets is associated with large changes in the transport companies, accompanied Daimler Buses to its customers in the understanding of the overall system of E-mobility through a holistic advice. The Thomas Built Buses brand starts with an electrical-series-school bus for the American market.
Drives on the Basis of hydrogen
Daimler has been working for more than 30 years of propulsion technologies based on hydrogen. To date, the fuel cell vehicles of the company have travelled many millions of kilometres, and thus the marketability of the drive concept is proven. Nevertheless, the challenges in the commercial vehicle sector are very specific, for example, in terms of service life and payload availability. The battery-electric drive and hydrogen technologies offer different advantages and are therefore complementary. The decisive criterion for Truck and Bus customers the total cost of ownership.
“Vision F-Cell” of the brand FUSO: a prototype fuel-cell
With the “Vision F-Cell” reinforces Daimler Trucks & Buses consistently its activities in the area of hydrogen. The FUSO brand, is tested with the prototype, the possibilities of fuel cell technology for a variety of commercial vehicles. The 7.5-Tonner has a drive with a maximum output of 135 kW. The range is up to 300 kilometers. The architecture of the electric drive train of the “Vision F-Cell” is basically a battery-electric Truck, comparable to a significantly reduced battery performance and additional hydrogen tanks apart.
CO2-neutral production plants in Europe by 2022 – all other works to follow
In addition, Daimler Trucks & Buses in Germany and Europe, the course for a “green” production: for All German and European plants to have up to the year 2022 on a CO2-neutral energy supply. All other works will follow. This means that the existing Truck – and Buswerke will obtain their electrical energy from renewable sources.
Daimler Trucks & Buses: a sustainable corporate strategy
More than 120 years ago, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made the Foundation for the modern transportation industry. Over the past decades, the Truck and Bus divisions of Daimler have set continuously the Standards for the entire transportation industry in safety, fuel efficiency and comfort for the driver and passengers. Now it is time for a further evolution: the emission-free, automated, and connected Driving. Daimler Trucks & Buses working to bring these important technologies in series, and brands, divisions and regions across. In order for the company to its Vision of CO2-neutral transportation to and from accident-free Driving will come a big step closer to sustainability in the global movement of people and Goods contribute.
Source: Daimler AG