Daimler Truck

Green Products

Transport plays a significant role in global climate change. Daimler Truck wants to make CO2-neutral transport a success and thus contribute to combating climate change.

Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time. To combat it, we need to drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Road traffic plays an important role in this: According to a study the International Energy Agency, it is responsible for 7,7 gigatons of the global CO2-emissions. More than 75% of this is attributable to road traffic.

As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks and buses, we are facing up to our responsibilities – and are working consistently on decarbonizing our fleet.

Our ambition

We strive for our new trucks and buses to be CO2e-neutral on the road in Europe, the US and Japan by 2039 – and globally by 2050.

It is important for us that we contribute to the transformation of the transport industry as a whole.

We are fully committed to make passenger and freight transportation CO2e-neutral during driving operation. Thus, we are implementing our dual strategy with battery-electric and hydrogen-powered drives and bring vehicle after vehicle into series-production.
Andreas Gorbach
Andreas Gorbach Member of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck Holding AG, responsible for Truck Technology

Our path

We are working purposefully to make vehicles more environmentally friendly and to focus on product-related climate protection. To do so, we are following these four strategies:

  • Alternative drive technologies

    In decarbonization of transportation and passenger transport we are focusing on two complementary technologies to supply energy to the engines: batteries and hydrogen fuel-cells. We already have a whole range of battery-electric truck and bus models in series production (see also here).

    BWe are producing ten battery-electric trucks and buses in series since the end of 2023. When it comes to hydrogen, we are already intensively testing the first fuel cell truck prototypes of the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck on public roads in Germany and Europe.

  • Expansion of charging infrastructure

    Together with strong partners, we are promoting the expansion of a nationwide charging infrastructure for CO2e-neutral transportation - for both battery electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles.

    We believe that the transformation of passenger and freight transportation can only be achieved through a joint effort by governments, vehicle manufacturers, technology and energy companies. That is why we are not only launching new CO2e-neutral vehicles that are locally CO2e-neutral in operation, but are also accelerating the development of the necessary charging infrastructure. In this way, we want to continuously increase the sales of zero-emission vehicles while driving in the markets and at the same time reduce the number of conventional vehicles.

    We collaborate with partners in joint ventures such as Milence in Europe, Greenlane in the U.S. and H2Accelerate, to bring forward the expansion of charging infrastructure, both for battery-electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles.

  • Natural Resources

    We take great care with natural resources in the product and production cycle. During product development, we prioritize recycled materials and materials with the longest possible life cycle.

    Efficient technology and an aerodynamic, lightweight design, enables us to reduce the energy or fuel consumption of our products during their use-phase.

    To further avoid waste, we are working to extend the service life of all vehicle components by, for example, using particularly durable materials. We are also addressing recycling solutions for our high-voltage batteries: Our vehicles are only equipped with re-usable batteries.

  • Life Cycle Assessments

    We use Life cycle assessments (LCA) as a holistic approach to assess our products. Trucks and buses, for example, are investigated over their whole life cycle including the supply chain, production, customer use and end-of-life phase to identify potential improvements.

Our progress so far

  • We are producing ten battery-electric truck and bus models in series worldwide.
  • Hundreds of customers have covered millions of kilometers with our battery-electric trucks and buses.
  • Fuel-cell joint venture established together with the Volvo Group, cellcentric, to build one of the largest series productions of fuel-cell systems in Europe.

Our next steps

We still have a long way to go on our journey towards CO2e-neutral road transport. These are the next milestones:

  • We are planning to launch the series production version of the eActrosLongHaul 600 long-haul truck with a range of 500 kilometers at the end of 2024. from 2024.[1]
  • We are working intensively on the battery-electric eAtego for medium-duty distribution haulage.
  • We are further developing our hydrogen-powered Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck and we are now building a first customer-trial fleet of Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Trucks.
  • We are working on electrifying the complete city bus portfolio for the European market by 2030. Our aim is to have an electrically powered interurban bus in our portfolio from 2025, and to offer coaches with a hydrogen-based fuel cell drive from the end of the decade. Furthermore, we want to offer in each segment CO2e-neutral bus models on the basis of battery or H2 technology.


[1] The range was determined internally under specific test conditions after preconditioning with a 4x2 tractor unit with a gross combination weight of 40 tons at an outside temperature of 20°C in long-distance transport operations and may deviate from the values determined in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/2400.