The German manufacturer Daimler and its competitor Volvo announced Thursday the mass production of hydrogen fuel cells for trucks from 2025, in a sector that is trying to turn its back on fossil fuels.
Their joint venture called “Cellcentric”, founded on March 1, plans to set up “one of the largest mass production of fuel cell systems in Europe” with a production start “scheduled for 2025”, according to a joint press release.
The choice for the location of the future industrial site will be communicated in 2022. A site in Esslingen, near Stuttgart (south), is already working on pre-series.
Electric battery and hydrogen trucks are intended to complement each other “according to the individual use of the customer”, explain the companies.
An all-electric vehicle will be suitable for light loads and short distances, while for long distances requiring a heavy load, the fuel cell “will probably be the right choice,” the statement said.
“It is a priority for all of us to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement by 2050 at the latest and thus become CO2 neutral,” said Martin Lundstedt, CEO of the Volvo Group.
And this “will not be possible only with electric battery trucks”, adds Martin Daum, Chairman of the Management Board of Daimler Truck.
The two companies are also calling for policies for the establishment of infrastructure: they are calling for the establishment of around 300 fast-charging hydrogen service stations for heavy-duty vehicles by 2025 and around 1,000 service stations for heavy-duty vehicles. hydrogen in Europe by 2030 at the latest.
Financial incentives are also requested by these manufacturers because CO2 neutral trucks currently cost much more than conventional vehicles.