Why Daimler Truck sets on electric and hydrogen drive

Why Daimler Truck sets on electric and hydrogen drive-truck

Since the beginning of December, Daimler Truck, the world’s largest manufacturer of heavy trucks and buses, is no longer part of the Daimler Group along with the automaker Mercedes and instead independently listed on the stock exchange. In a double interview with the Handelsblatt, CEO Martin Daum and the new Chairman of the Supervisory Board Joe Kaeser talked about the advantages of the new preparation.

The cleavage of the Mercedes-Benz Auto Division was “no divorce”, so corporate boss daum. It was a way that the two companies “have recognized their different interests”, which they could not live “under one roof”. Therefore, there are now two corporations. The division of both companies with advantages: The car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz can now swing faster on electric cars, the truck manufacturer Daimler Truck could concentrate fully on the truck business. “The focus on sustainable luxury cars does not fit the truck business, which is important for customers the cost-effectiveness of a truck and not any image,” explains DAUM. “Luxury is not a value in the truck area”.

The former Siemens boss Joe Kaeser tells in this regard as a supervisory board of Daimler AG, “as the ranking was. The trucks were always back in the resource distribution.”Now he enthusiast about Daimler Truck,” which energies and elimination of such a step unleashes “. Daum adds: “We are more focused and can react faster to the changes.”

In terms of drive of the future, Daimler Truck drives two-track, as Daum explains: “The battery and the hydrogen-based fuel cell are not competing technologies – that is not either or, but a both-than-too”. For the startup of electromobility both are necessary so that the charging infrastructure is not going into the knees due to excessive electricity requirements. “Because if only 80 percent of all cars can drive electrically and half of all trucks, we will be glad about every truck that fuel hydrogen.”

In 2030, there will be “regions in the world and areas of application, in which we will not get along without the burner,” says Daum. In many countries, for example in Africa or South America, “there will be no infrastructure for electric trucks or hydrogen tank stations”. Although these regions will change in the long term, however, will take a lot of time.

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2 thoughts on “Why Daimler Truck sets on electric and hydrogen drive”

  1. . For the startup of electromobility both are necessary so that the charging infrastructure is not going into the knees due to excessive electricity requirements. “Because if only 80 percent of all cars can drive electrically and half of all trucks, we will be glad about every truck that fuel hydrogen.”

    Does not the good man do not know that hydrogen is not growing on trees? The generation of hydrogen needs exactly what? I have no problems with hydrogen in many areas (except cars) but please not in connection with excessive power requirement, this is not mitigated by hydrogen, but as he says it looks suffering.

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  2. Sets Daimler between 2 chairs, because it wants a (BEV) – as well as many clever and far-sighted heads, as it is efficient, easy and cheap – but the other (FCEV) can not leave?

    I assume that by 2027, so in 5 years, if Daimler wants to have its hydrogen truck series-ready, the battery development is that H2 in vehicles only demand their lobbyists.

    Not the charging columns are the problem, but the amount of eco flow for the electrolysis of H2.

    Since the industry needs huge amounts of green hydrogen worldwide to get the climate change still under control, the plants in the deserts of the world will have enough to do so that they produce sufficient hydrogen for industries worldwide.

    What benefits when we use the hydrogen in Europe from the deserts of the world for our trucks and people still have to produce their hydrogen from natural gas? – nothing at all.

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