The truck industry is under pressure to meet EU climate targets. In addition to batteries, Daimler also relies on fuel cells
Daimler Truck plans to produce hydrogen trucks with a range of around 1000 kilometers. Liquid hydrogen should come into the tanks, which has a higher energy density than gaseous hydrogen and therefore enables longer ranges. The manufacturer announced this on Monday in Wörth am Rhein in southern Palatinate. The truck builder has a large plant there.
The first test vehicles with fuel cells are already on the road. Test fleets with hydrogen trucks are expected to come onto the market in the middle of the decade. In the second half of the decade, the fuel cell truck should then go into series production, as the manufacturer reported.
The truck industry is under pressure from the EU to comply with binding climate protection targets. New models should emit an average of 15 percent less carbon dioxide by 2025 and at least 30 percent by 2030. The reference period for this is 2019/20. If the requirements are not met, there are high penalties.
In the transition from the combustion engine to new drives, Daimler Truck relies on batteries and fuel cells. By the end of the decade, zero-emission commercial vehicles are expected to account for up to 60 percent of sales. The manufacturer is one of the world’s leading industry companies and employs more than 100,000 people.