Last reviewed 12 July 2021

Three leading commercial vehicle manufacturers have signed a non-binding agreement to install and operate a high-performance public charging network for battery electric heavy-duty long-haul trucks and coaches across Europe.

Traton Group, Daimler Truck and Volvo Group say that their joint aim is to initiate and accelerate the build-up of charging infrastructure to enhance customer confidence and support the EU transformation to climate-neutral transportation.

The agreement lays the foundation of a future joint venture (JV), equally owned by the three parties, and with operations planned to start in 2022.

The three companies intend to invest €500 million to install and operate at least 1700 high-performance green energy charging points close to highways as well as at logistic and destination points, within five years from the establishment of the JV. The number of charging points will then be increased significantly by seeking additional partners as well as public funding.

Building on the broad experience and knowledge of its founding partners in heavy-duty trucking, the JV is expected to operate under its own corporate identity and be based in Amsterdam.

Daimler Truck CEO, Martin Daum, 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.”

He also referenced a recent industry report that has called for up to 15,000 high-performance public and destination charging points by no later than 2025 and up to 50,000 high-performance charging points by no later than 2030.

The three partners therefore see their coming together as a call for action to all other industry players, as well as governments and regulators, to work together for a rapid expansion of the necessary charging network to be able to contribute to reaching the climate targets.

The report to which Mr Daum refers was published by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association and can be found at — www.acea.auto/files/ACEA_Position_Paper-Heavy-duty_vehicles-Charging_and_refuelling_infrastructure.pdf.