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.
We strive for our new trucks and buses to be CO2-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 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:
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).
By the end of 2023, we will have ten battery-electric trucks and buses in series production. 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.
Together with strong partners, such as Siemens, Shell, TotalEnergies, and BP, we are supporting the expansion of a charging infrastructure for CO2-neutral transport – for both battery-electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles. We are also a member of several initiatives aimed at providing charging technologies across the board and increasing the availability of liquid hydrogen at petrol stations.
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.
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.
- We are producing eight 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.
We still have a long way to go on our journey towards zero-emission road transport. These are the next milestones:
- By the end of 2023, we will have ten battery-electric trucks and buses in series production.
- We plan to launch the series-production version of the eActros LongHaul truck with a range of 500 kilometers in 2024.
- 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.
- 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.