In a report for The Global Energy Challenge, CNN’s John Defterios examines how Daimler is revolutionizing truck division to meet the demand for online shopping whilst cutting CO2 emissions.
Think tank Agora says that 38% of European road emissions come from heavy duty vehicles. Emissions from trucks and buses have risen at a rate of 2.2% annually since 2000, according to the International Energy Agency.
Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, says its electric eActros trucks can help on-demand delivery remain timely without polluting the air. Having been in development over the last five years, Gesa Reimelt, the head of e-mobility at the automotive group, told CNN they could be on the road by 2021.
“When you ride the truck the CO2 emission is really zero,” Reimelt said. “Now if you look at the energy consumption, if the energy is green energy that is charged in to the battery, then it’s zero as well. So, this is huge.”
The trucks, which are being tested in Germany and Switzerland, have a range of up to 124 miles and potential customers are already taking an interest in securing an order.
“It’s part of our philosophy to keep up with new technologies,” Arne Rigterink, CEO of Rigterink Logistics Group, told CNN. “As a logistics company we have to think of ways to help nature and the environment.”
However, Daimler acknowledges that the new eActros will have to develop and eventually be capable of travelling distances of up to 311 miles on a charge before more companies will consider adding them to their fleets.
“If society wants e-mobility and if they want it fast, then charging infrastructure is really a topic,” Reimelt said. “It’s really a challenge… So, it would help if governments would invest in infrastructure.”