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Electric mobility for climate protection: Image of a collapsing iceberg

Stop global warming – drive emission-free vehicles


Climate protection is a human duty. 197 states have agreed to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius. The distribution industry and public transport are among the forerunners. Only with zero-emission commercial vehicles can they meet the requirements. This is a clear argument in favour of e-mobility.

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is the critical point in global warming that makes global environmental disasters more likely.


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is the requirement for reduction of CO2 emissions in new trucks.


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of buses newly acquired by public transport companies must be equipped with alternative drives from 2030.


Global warming due to emissions has serious consequences. The extent of environmental change will have a huge impact on the economy and society. A rise in average global temperature of 5 degrees Celsius could result in more uninhabitable zones on Earth. A decline of 45 percent in global gross domestic product (GDP), agricultural yield losses of 60 percent, widespread water and food shortages and social distribution conflicts would be the likely consequences. Global warming of 3 degrees still threatens a slump in global GDP of 23 percent and an agricultural decline of 24 percent. Only climate protection efforts that are globally collaborative can possibly prevent such scenarios. That is why 197 states agreed to keep global warming below 2 degrees in the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015.

How the traffic transformation is succeeding

In addition to energy providers and industry, the key sectors in implementing this two-degree target include distribution transport and mobility. MAN is a company that recognises its social responsibility to contribute decisively to climate protection. Its battery-powered trucks, buses and vans are actively advancing the transport sector's transformation to cleaner mobility. Europe's political and social goal is to be CO2-neutral by 2050. This can only be achieved in road transport by commercial vehicles that produce zero emissions. The current state of the art suggests that only electric mobility is suitable in the long term.

E-mobility for climate protection: aerial view of a futuristic solar plantation

The requirements concerning climate protection are strict

In June 2019, the EU decided that by 2030 the CO2 emissions from new trucks must be reduced by 30 percent. This can only succeed if truck fleets are gradually converted from diesel and natural gas to vehicles with battery electric drives – and if the manufacturers offer suitable e-trucks. In the case of passenger transport, where it is mostly state agencies that purchase new vehicles, the legal requirements are directly addressed to the public transport companies. The European Clean Vehicles Directive prescribes the percentage of zero- and low-emission vehicles to be procured via public contracts. The ratio for alternative drives will be 45 percent from 2025. It rises to 65 percent from 2030. Our traffic transformation is therefore a common duty: economic and planning efforts are required above all in public and private spheres, while vehicle manufacturers have to develop the necessary technologies and launch them on the market.

We at MAN are certain that the future belongs to electric mobility.

Oliver Klug
Senior Vice President eMobility, MAN Truck & Bus

Text   Felix Enzian
Photos   GettyImages / Alvaro Espinoza Fotografía /Mlenny

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