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Move to kickstart European electric truck charging network

Move to kickstart European electric truck charging network

Three of the largest lorry manufacturing groups in Europe have teamed up to create a network of electric truck charging points for HGVs.

The call has been made by Volvo Group, Traton Group – which owns Scania and MAN – and Daimler Truck.

Their plans will see a high-performance public charging network being installed for battery-powered heavy-duty long-haul trucks across Europe.

The network will also cater for coaches and the firms’ aim is to accelerate the building of a charging infrastructure.

Climate-neutral transportation network

They say this will help support the EU’s transformation towards a climate-neutral transportation network which has a deadline of 2050.

The three manufacturers say they are now looking to sign a joint-venture agreement and will begin operations next year.

Together, they will invest €500 million (£427.5m) to install and then operate around 1,700 high-performance energy charging points that are close to main roads, destination points and logistical areas.

They aim to achieve this within five years.

‘Joint aim of Europe’s truck manufacturers’

Martin Daum, the CEO of Daimler Truck said: “It is the joint aim of Europe’s truck manufacturers to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. 

“However, it is vital that building up the right infrastructure goes hand in hand with putting CO2-neutral trucks on the road. Together with the Traton Group and Volvo Group, we are therefore very excited to take this pioneering step to establish a high-performance charging network across Europe.”

Matthias Gründler, the CEO of Traton Group, said: “For the Traton Group, it is clear that the future of transport is electric. This requires the rapid development of publicly accessible charging points, especially for long-distance heavy-duty transport. 

“We are now moving forward together with our partners Daimler Truck and Volvo Group to make this high-performance network a reality as quickly as possible. We now make the first step to accelerate the transition towards sustainable, fossil-free transport. 

“The second step should be a strong engagement of the EU for the full scale-up of a charging network across Europe.”

‘Creating a European charging network’

Martin Lundstedt, the CEO of Volvo Group, said: “We are laying the necessary foundation in making a breakthrough for our customers to make the transformation to electrification by creating a European charging network leader. 

“We have powerful electromobility technologies and now, with Daimler Truck and the Traton Group, and thanks to the European Green Deal, also an industry-wide understanding as well as a political environment to make fundamental progress towards sustainable transport and infrastructure solutions.”

A recent industry report highlighted the need for up to 15,000 high-performance public and destination charging points no later than 2025, and up to 50,000 high-performance charging points no later than 2030. 

Creating an electric truck charging network

Now, to help kick-start the process of creating an electric truck charging network, the partners are calling for action to other industry players, as well as governments and regulators, to work together for a rapid expansion of the necessary charging network.

They also make clear that the charging network of the three parties will be open and accessible to all commercial vehicles in Europe, regardless of brand.

They add that by focusing on customers’ needs, different applications will be taken into consideration. 

Electric vehicle fleet operators will be able to leverage both fast charging tailored to the 45-minute mandatory rest period in Europe focusing on long-distance transport – the highest priority of the future JV – and also charge overnight.

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