In October 2019, Daimler Trucks & Buses informed about its ambition and targets on the way to CO₂-neutral transport.
1. We are clearly committed to the Paris Climate Protection Agreement and we want to have a significant part in shaping the future of CO2-neutral transport. Having CO2-neutral transport on the road by 2050 is our ultimate goal.
2. We will offer attractive trucks and busses that are CO2-neutral in driving operation (“tank-to-wheel”). Truly CO2-neutral transport only works with battery-electric or hydrogen-based drive:
- Already by 2022, we plan to include series-produced trucks and busses with battery-electric drive in our vehicle portfolio in our main sales regions Europe, USA and Japan.
- By the end of the next decade, we will extend our range of trucks and busses with hydrogen-powered series production vehicles.
In addition, all European Daimler Trucks & Buses plants will be CO2-neutral by the year 2022. All other plants will follow.
3. As it takes about ten years to completely renew a fleet until 2050, our ambition is to offer completely locally CO2-neutral new vehicles in the triad markets Europe, Japan and NAFTA by the year 2039.
4. Even in 2040 -despite all efforts by manufacturers- the acquisition and total cost of ownership of trucks and buses with electric drives will in all likelihood be still higher than for diesel vehicles.
5. We need government incentives to make locally CO2-neutral trucks and buses competitive, to make up for the cost disadvantages. Only then can customers invest in CO2-neutral trucks. Particularly necessary: converting and staggering tolls Europe-wide based on CO2 values whereby CO2-neutral vehicles would get significant relief, a targeted subsidy program for buses and for a nationwide charging and hydrogen infrastructure as well as uniform standards for the transport and refueling of hydrogen.