Daimler Buses to offer CO2-neutral vehicles in every segment by 2030

Daimler Buses says that it aims to offer CO2-neutral vehicles based on batteries and hydrogen in every segment in Germany by 2030.

Daimler Buses to offer CO2-neutral vehicles in every segment by 2030
Daimler buses is aiming to offer only zero emission buses by the end of the decade

The initial focus will be on the core markets of Europe and Latin America. By 2039, only locally CO2-neutral new vehicles are to be sold in the core market of Europe.

In the city bus segment, this is to be the case in Europe as early as 2030. In addition to expanding its portfolio of CO2-neutral vehicles, Daimler Buses is also expanding its service offerings as a general contractor for customers' complete electric infrastructure.

This was announced recently by Till Oberwörder, head of Daimler Buses, at an event held by the manufacturer at its Mannheim site. Speakers also included Martin Daum, chairman of the board of management of Daimler Truck, and Dr Volker Wissing, federal minister for digital and transport.

On the way to the worldwide electrification of passenger transportation, Daimler Buses plans to launch the first all-electric inter-city bus from 2025 and coaches with hydrogen-based fuel cell drive from the end of this decade.

In line with the dual-track strategy of its parent company Daimler Truck, Daimler Buses is focusing on both battery-electric and hydrogen-based technologies as this is the only way to offer tailored zero-emission solutions for the diverse needs of its customers, it states.

The decision by Daimler in Germany will have reprecussions across the international bus market

Oberwörder spoke of the importance of Daimler Buses looking to lead the market.

"As a worldwide leading bus manufacturer, our ambition is clear: we want to make a contribution to contending climate change and be a driver of the change in transportation that is needed to achieve this," he said.

"To this end, we are pursuing a clear electrification strategy and putting buses with alternative drive technologies on the road in series production. We want to offer [Germany] CO2-neutral powertrains for each of our segments in our most important markets by 2030 and therefore make a clear commitment. From 2030 at the latest, we will only offer CO2-neutral new vehicles in the city bus segment in Europe and will not invest in Euro VII technology. We are focusing our development efforts entirely on the zero-emission and fully electrically powered eCitaro," he said.

"We take a holistic view of electrification and go far beyond the vehicle itself. We supply our customers with electric mobility on a 'turnkey' basis, which means they get from us all the modules they need for a functioning electric bus service – we supply the buses, we plan the necessary infrastructure as well as the charging management, we manage the conversion of the depot and we train the staff," he said.


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