MAN demands better conditions for decarbonization of the transport sector

MAN demands better conditions for decarbonization of the transport sector-transport

The truck and bus manufacturer MAN Truck & Bus will increasingly focus on zero-emission vehicles in the future. The coming federal government will have the task of defining the framework conditions and making the transformation process of the industry possible. According to the company, this requires more investment in the development of charging infrastructure, an adequate supply of affordable electricity from renewable energies and CO2-based pricing of mobility.

With the federal election over, the democratically elected parties are beginning the process of finding a coalition that will take the country forward over the next four years. According to MAN Truck & Bus, the decarbonization of the transport sector is firmly anchored in its corporate strategy. However, a new federal government must create the necessary framework conditions so that transport and logistics can continue to be economically viable in the future.

“Especially on freeways, federal roads and in urban areas with high economic activity, we need charging stations that are designed for charging commercial vehicles and a power grid that has the necessary capacities for regenerative energy,” explains Andreas Tostmann, CEO MAN Truck & Buses. “This requires the provision of the necessary amounts of electricity at economical prices,” Tostmann continues. The development of a core network of charging infrastructure with high charging capacities of 700 to 1000 kW, suitable for heavy goods traffic, must also be consistently promoted along the major European transport corridors by 2025.

MAN sees the need to price CO2 emissions appropriately as the third pillar of transport policy. Financial incentives that make climate-neutral technologies more competitive can also contribute to the decarbonization of transport. According to the company, this could be done, for example, by introducing a CO2-based toll, exempting zero-emission vehicles from tolls by 2030 or reducing tax rates for zero-emission commercial vehicles.

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