Daimler Trucks: E-Mobility Group starts global initiative for electric-truck charging infrastructure

In News, Daimler2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineFebruary 19, 2020

The E-Mobility Group of Daimler Trucks & Buses is launching a worldwide initiative to establish a charging infrastructure for battery-electric trucks.

The ‘eTruck Charging Initiative‘ is part of the E-Mobility Group‘s approach to provide truck customers with the best possible entry into e-mobility. Within the framework of the initiative, the E-Mobility Group is bringing together the main players – e-truck customers, power grid operators, energy suppliers, charging hardware manufacturers and charging software providers – thus promoting shared infrastructure solutions for truck customers within the network. The focus is currently on the United States and Europe. Japan is the next market to follow. The first workshops have been taking place for some time. The first joint pilot projects for setting up charging infrastructure at truck depots have also already been implemented or are in preparation. 

In the case of depot charging, the infrastructure is individually tailored to the needs and processes of the respective logistics provider. The use of their own infrastructure usually offers advantages in terms of total cost of ownership, as no additional operator is involved. There is also no need for time-consuming billing and authentication of authorised vehicles, and a charging position can always be guaranteed. The charging procedures are subject to the company‘s specifications and the energy costs can be calculated in advance. 

Among other things, depot charging is suitable for applications with electric trucks in urban areas, which travel on routes that can be planned and which can be charged overnight or during regular downtimes.