MAN Truck & Bus
The federal government in Germany introduced the 2030 climate protection programme to set a binding legal framework for the transport sector to transform itself towards decarbonised traffic. MAN supports these targets and is itself pursuing the long-term objective of climate-neutral transport. Initially we are relying on the electrification of vehicles in urban traffic and investing in innovative alternative drives for long-distance traffic – this equally involves battery electric vehicles as well as hydrogen and fuel cell drives. Yet we will only be on the right path when our electricity and hydrogen originate from renewable sources and the creation and expansion of the charging infrastructure for long-distance trucks and buses has been completed.
As is already the case in the energy industry and energy-intensive industrial sectors under the ETS (emissions trading system), a price should also be put on CO2 emissions in the transport and property sectors in Germany. Commercial road traffic is however international and Germany is a transit country, so only EU-wide regulation can guarantee a level playing field for all concerned.
Climate protection is both a challenge and an opportunity: Germany is a global leader in the development of heavy commercial vehicles and can become a pioneer in the field of alternative, CO2-neutral technologies.
An important prerequisite for increasing the market success of e-mobility is the creation and expansion of the charging infrastructure: in this respect heavy commercial vehicles have specific requirements regarding charging capacity.
A core network of charging infrastructure at truck stops (700–1000 kW) is urgently required by 2025 as well as a closely meshed expansion along the major EU traffic corridors by 2030 that is coordinated with our EU neighbours.
Further development, standardisation and market launch of high-power charging.
The federal government in Germany is currently establishing a programme to fund the expansion of a charging infrastructure for trucks and it is due to be published in 2020. Important commercial vehicle requirements in this regard are a nationwide charging infrastructure as well as advisory and financing solutions for operators.
Hydrogen technology can be used in the commercial vehicle sector to extend e-mobility in long-distance traffic. The federal government in Germany has deployed its national hydrogen strategy that takes the first steps in analysing the fundamental issues. If the technology is to establish itself as an alternative to e-mobility, then the preconditions for production, logistics and use must be put in place.
As in the case of e-mobility, the specific infrastructure for supplying service stations with hydrogen to fuel heavy trucks and coaches will be required. This will also have to be coordinated with our European neighbours.
There will be a need to conclude partnerships with other countries to produce hydrogen from renewable sources.