Daimler Trucks & Buses has announced plans to sell only carbon dioxide-neutral vehicles by 2039 in Europe, Japan, and North America. This follows on the heels of the recently revealed FUSO Vision F-Cell fuel cell prototype that made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, which kicked off on 28 October and ran through 4 November. Daimler has big plans for 2022 as well, when it will launch “vehicles with battery-electric drive” in Europe, Japan, and the United States and finish transitioning its European manufacturing plans to be CO2-netural. The company will also introduce new hydrogen-powered vehicles throughout the next decade.
“Truly CO2-neutral transport only works with battery-electric or hydrogen-based drive. We were the first manufacturer to seriously commit to electromobility in heavy trucks and, today, are pioneers and in all segments with electric vehicles in customer use,” says Martin Daum, member of Daimler AG’s board of management and head of Daimler Trucks & Buses.
“With our holistic approach to e-mobility in the bus sector, which consists of an electric city bus and consulting, we are already making a significant contribution to the locally emission-free public transport of the future and air pollution control in urban areas.”
Daimler Brands Leading The Way
Daimler has been working on electric truck technologies since 2010 and already has several all-electric models in use, including the Fuso eCanter, 140 of which are currently in operation around the world. There is also the Mercedes-Benz eActros, an electric heavy-duty truck currently operating in Germany and Switzerland, and the Freightliner eM2 and eCascadia, which are currently “undergoing intensive field tests with customers” in the United States, Daimler explains.
On the bus front, Mercedes-Benz has been manufacturing the all-electric eCitaro since 2018 and those models are currently in operation in Berlin and Hamburg, Germany, Oslo, Norway, and Ystad, Sweden. In the second half of 2020, Mercedes-Benz will add new solid-state batteries to eCitaro models and introduce range extenders in 2022. Daimler says Thomas Built Buses will also launch “a series-produced electric school bus for the American market” in the near future.
FUSO Vision F-Cell
The FUSO Vision F-Cell is a 7.5-tonne electric truck prototype that runs on hydrogen fuel cells. It features a 135-kilowatt (181-horsepower) motor and has an estimated operating range of between 270 to 300 kilometres (167.8 to 186.4 miles). Daimler explains that the Vision F-Cell’s powertrain “is basically comparable to that of a battery-powered truck, apart from significantly reduced battery power and additional hydrogen tanks.”