Digitization & Electrification – Challenge Commercial Vehicle ElektroAuto News.net

Digitization & Electrification - Challenge Commercial Vehicle ElektroAuto News.net-elektroauto

In the term mobility of the future, many first think of the individual traffic, less to the transport system. However, exactly this has a unusual share when it comes to the emissions of emissions in the overall view. The commercial vehicle industry thus plays a crucial role in the decarbonization of the transport sector. The e-mobility solution provider has spoken on this topic with Marcel Bethschscheider, Head of Marketing and Product Management at the Mercedes-Benz Trucks Austria. The interview was about strategies and visions that the commercial vehicle manufacturer will pursue in the coming years and why partnerships within the overall industry are crucial to the entrepreneurial success in the coming years.

The challenges for commercial vehicle manufacturers in the context of the drive turning “are currently varied,” says Bethscheider at the beginning of the interview. The two biggest keywords, according to him, are the digitization as well as the electrification of the drives. These bodies “the entire commercial vehicle industry from immensely great challenges in vehicle development”. The focus is slightly different from every manufacturer. “We at Mercedes-Benz Trucks put on the electric drive, so by means of battery, but also on the fuel cell,” says Bethscheider.

Playing for the drive turning “The EU goals, which are already aware of the first important steps as early as 2025,” as a large proportion of goods are transported over roads: “In Austria, this is about two-thirds over roads, these then mostly through heavy commercial vehicles, which of course have impact on CO2 emissions, “says Bethscheider. Therefore, the “decarbonization of the commercial vehicle industry with consistently high efficiency” is important for achieving the climate goals.

The logistics and freight forwarding industry is “today at the starting point of this trip,” says Bethscheider. The question of whether the industry is already ready for the switch to e-mobility, must be answered differentiated. He refers to a study by the Austrian Traffic Club VCO, according to which about “90 percent of the domestic transports of Austria’s trucks are shorter than 150 kilometers”. The “with the offered reach of the manufacturers already fully electrically unwind”.

However, the factor price in the logistics industry plays a major role, and electric trucks are significantly more expensive than diesel vehicles in the purchase. “So in the future, we must reduce the” Total Costs of Ownership “(TCO) so that the change is attractive and best case cheaper than the diesel drive ever,” says Bethscheider. In order to move forward to e-mobility, partnerships between manufacturers are “indispensable”, so the truck expert. “Each established manufacturer has a certain portfolio in which he is good”. But the transformation to new drive technologies “costs a lot of money, devours many resources in the vehicle development of the manufacturers and partnerships are an effective way of target achievement,” explains Bethschscheider. For example, Daimler Trucks has recently established a joint venture with Volvo to accelerate until 2025 “the integration of fuel cell drive in trucks and to put on stationary energy sources”.

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