Daimler Trucks has announced its focus on the electrification of its vehicles, ranging from urban haul to long-distance transport. In accordance with the Paris Climate Protection Convention, the company is pointing towards a future of trucks powered by Hydrogen fuel-cells. The Mercedes-Benz GenH2 is one of the first iterations of the fuel-cell technology being demonstrated by a global manufacturer, with the ability to go a thousand kilometers on one Hydrogen cell whilst carrying heavy cargo, the GenH2 is expected to being trials in 2023 with mass production before the end of this decade.
The GenH2 is powered by liquid Hydrogen instead of conventional gaseous form, thanks to which the vehicle is able to match the performance of similar conventionally powered trucks. The German truckmaker also announced their fully battery powered long-distance truck, the Mercedes Benz eActros Longhaul, to be ready for series production by 2024, introduced two years ago, the truck has already been tested by customers for daily operations. The truck has been made to go on pre-designated routes in a very efficient way, with a single charge range of 500 kilometers. A heavy-duty version of the eActros is said to be on the last stage of development and to enter series production next year, with significant improvements including a massive jump over the 200km range of the prototype.
Daimler has created a singular platform for its CO2 neutral range of trucks, named ePowertrain, it is a modular platform which will be used to produce all trucks, be it battery powered or Hydrogen cell powered in Mercedes’ portfolio in the future. The platform combines performance, efficiency and long-lastingness with the flexibility and modularity of the platform to be implemented to trucks of all sizes and purposes.
“Battery power will be rather used for lower cargo weights and for shorter distances. Fuel-cell power will tend to be the preferred option for heavier loads and longer distances.” Martin Daum,Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG and Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG said during his speech, prioritizing the company’s focus on distinguishing the category of power source required on the basis of the need.
The GenH2 has been designed keeping in mind the conventional Actros truck, to make sure that the Hydrogen powered vehicle does not fall behind in its carrying or towing capabilities. The truck can carry a payload of up to 25 tons and with a complement of two Hydrogen tanks and fuel system, the truck shall have no difficulty in carrying heavy loads on long distance routes.
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