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”). Fully CO₂-neutral transport can be accomplished through electric drive trains with energy coming either from batteries or by converting hydrogen on board into electricity. With these two technologies, we can cover all major use cases of our truck customers: from predictable routes for urban distribution to difficult-to-plan, multi-day transports of containers, bulk goods and the like.Battery-electric and hydrogen-drive technologies therefore complement each other perfectly. Which technology best meets the needs of customers depends on the specific use case.
- 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.
- In the second half of the 2020s, Daimler Trucks & Buses wants to additionally extend its series production portfolio to include electrically powered fuel cell trucks. By 2022, Daimler Trucks & Buses will already offer the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro with Fuel Cell as Range Extender. In April 2020, Daimler Truck AG together with the Volvo Group announced the planned establishment of a new joint venture. The intention is to develop, produce and commercialize fuel cell systems for heavy-duty vehicle applications and other use cases.
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 also to offer only new vehicles that are CO2-neutral in driving operation (“from tank to wheel”) in Europe, North America and Japan by 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.