GOTHENBERG/STUTTGART: Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group have launched cellcentric, a joint-venture to develop and manufacture hydrogen-based fuel-cell systems for long-haul trucks from 2025.
Daimler and Volvo plan to start with customer tests of fuel-cell trucks in about three years and to be in series production during the second half of this decade.
The two companies formed cellcentric in March this year following the purchase by Volvo of a 50 percent stake in Daimler Truck Fuel Cell GmbH for €0.6 billion.
According to the manufacturers, purely battery-electric and hydrogen-based fuel-cell trucks will complement each other depending on customer use. Battery power will be used for last-mile deliveries while fuel-cell power will be the preferred option for heavier loads and longer distances.
To use hydrogen as a carrier of green electricity to power electric trucks for European long-haul operations, they want 300 hydrogen-fuelling stations for heavy-duty vehicles set up by 2025 and 1,000 by 2030.
“We know there is so much more to achieve than just the electrification of machines and vehicles,” commented Volvo Group CEO Martin Lunstedt. “There needs to be greater cooperation between public and private stakeholders to develop the necessary technology and infrastructure, which is why we are calling for united action from policymakers and governments around the world in helping us make hydrogen fuel-cell technology a success.”
The two cellcentric shareholders also want a harmonized EU hydrogen policy framework to enable the technology become a viable commercial solution. They say this should also include incentives for CO2-neutral technologies and a taxation system based on carbon and energy content, with an emissions trading system as an option.
“Hydrogen-powered fuel-cell electric trucks will be key for enabling CO2-neutral transportation in the future,” added Martin Daum, Management Board chairman of Daimler Truck. “Together with our partner Volvo Group, we are therefore fully committed to our fuel-cell joint-venture. Regarding the necessary hydrogen infrastructure, it is clear that green hydrogen is the only sensible way forward in the long term.”
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