Daimler's trucks to be carbon neutral within 20 years

Daimler’s European truck range will be CO2-neutral by 2039, a move it will achieve by replacing diesel-powered engines with battery-powered and hydrogen fuel cell drivelines.

The company is already conducting on-road customer trials with its FUSO eCanter and Mercedes-Benz eActros trucks (pictured), and says these will be commercially available from 2022. Hydrogen-powered trucks will be in series production by the end of the 2020s, with trials beginning several years earlier.

But Christoph Behrendt, head of strategic projects at Daimler Trucks, stressed that for carbon-neutral drivelines to be a success, they will need to at least have the same total cost of ownership as diesel-powered trucks. This, he says, will be difficult if fossil fuels continue to be relatively inexpensive. With this in mind, he is calling for governments to incentivise the use of zero-emission drivelines.

But even with incentives in place, he warned that switching to CO2-neutral propulsion will make transport and logistics more expensive, and will lead to increasing prices. “We will need to adjust, both as an industry and as a society,” he said.

Dennison to build new European Link trailer in Ireland


UK and Ireland trailer manufacturer Dennison made its debut at the Solutrans CV Show in Lyon, France, exhibiting its new Link 25.25m trailer. New SAF axles and a patented Dennison design have enabled the turning circle to be reduced, compared with the B-Double trailer it previously offered.

The units will be manufactured in Ireland for sale across Europe, where Dennison hopes to expand its sales reach.

Export sales manager Peter Lynch said: “It’s a proven product in Scandinavia but we have been developing the German market and Spain has really opened up for the mega trailer. We hope that by being at the show we will get a better presence in France.”

Lynch added that despite fears over Brexit making market conditions difficult, Dennison has the advantage of being able to build in Ireland for Europe. Expanding its sales reach in Europe will allow the Irish manufacturing site to continue to maintain its production level, while the UK facility can concentrate on its domestic market, a move which Lynch believes may require additional investment in the site in order to meet demand.