Daimler, Traton & Volvo plan truck charging network

by Jul 14, 2021

The three leading commercial vehicle manufacturers Daimler Truck, the TRATON GROUP and Volvo Group have signed a non-binding agreement to install and operate a high-performance public charging network for battery electric heavy-duty long-haul trucks and coaches across Europe. The joint aim is to initiate and accelerate the build-up of charging infrastructure to enhance customer confidence and to support EU’s transformation to climate-neutral transportation.The partners initially intend to invest a combined 500 million euros to establish at least 1,700 high-capacity charging points near motorways and at logistics hubs and unloading points within five years of the establishment of the joint venture. The charging stations are to be operated exclusively with green electricity and made available to all users across all brands.The number of charging points  with time is intended to be increased significantly by seeking additional partners as well as public funding. The future JV is planned to operate under its own corporate identity and be based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The future JV will act as catalyst and enabler for realizing the European Union’s Green Deal for a carbon-neutral freight transportation by 2050 – both by providing the necessary infrastructure and targeting for green energy at the charging points. The joint action of Volvo Group, Daimler Truck and the TRATON GROUP addresses the urgent need for a high-performance charging network to support truck operators with their transition to CO2-neutral transport solutions, especially in heavy-duty long-distance trucking. High-performance charging infrastructure enabling long-haul trucking is a cost-efficient way towards significant, fast-to-realize emission reductions.The technical details about the planned charging points have not yet been released, so the charging standard, charging power and also the planned size of the charging parks remain unclear, but It is hinted that the partners want to consider different use cases “as part of a customer-centric approach” – i.e. charging during the legally prescribed 45-minute rest period for drivers as well as slower charging overnight.Daimler Truck and the Volvo Group are already working together in the fuel cell joint venture Cellcentric. Traton is not part of it, as the VW commercial vehicle subsidiary focuses primarily on battery-electric mobility and sees the fuel cell as having an advantage only in some special applications. So while Traton is mainly planning battery-electric long-haul trucks, Daimler and Volvo are on two tracks here. Link to the news: https://media.daimler.com/marsMediaSite/en/instance/ko.xhtml?oid=50388830