Trio of truck manufacturers to team up on electric charging network

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Volvo Group, Daimler Truck, and the TRATON GROUP have signed a binding agreement on a joint venture to install and operate a high-performance public charging network for battery electric, heavy-duty long-haul trucks and coaches across Europe.

Trio of truck manufacturers to team up on electric charging network

As the three manufacturers had previously communicated back in July, the parties are committed to initiating and accelerating the necessary build-up of charging infrastructure for the increasing number of customers of electric vehicles in Europe and contribute to climate-neutral transportation in Europe by 2050. The joint venture, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is thus evidence of the truck manufacturers putting their plans into motion.

The joint venture will be equally owned by the three parties and is scheduled to start operations in 2022. Each company has committed to investment of €500 million, which is thought to be by far the largest charging infrastructure investment in the European heavy-duty truck industry to date.

The plan is to install and operate at least 1,700 high-performance green energy charging points on and close to highways as well as at logistic and destination points within five years of the venture. The trio also intend to significantly increase the network by seeking additional partners as well as public funding. The future joint venture is planned to operate under its own corporate identity and shall be based in Amsterdam.

The manufacturers believe their plan will address the urgent need for a high-performance charging network to support truck operators with their transition to CO2-neutral transport solutions, especially in heavy-duty long-distance trucking. The companies stress that the initiative represents a “significant start and an accelerator to make CO2-neutral heavy trucks and coaches a success”.

Commenting on the deal, Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO Volvo Group, said:

“We are going from words to action, and this planned joint venture with Daimler Truck and the TRATON GROUP is an important step in shaping a world we want to live in. Innovative partnerships like these will enable the much-needed change that will benefit our customers — and the entire industry. This is both a historical milestone in the transformation towards fossil-free transport and a breakthrough that shows Volvo Group’s commitment to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 and a net-zero emissions rolling fleet by 2050 at the latest.”

Martin Daum, CEO Daimler Truck, also commented on the joint venture:

“Today’s signing announcement is great news for the transport industry and society, as it underlines all of the partners’ strong commitment to making CO2-neutral trucks a reality. It is remarkable that three fierce competitors in the area of trucks and vehicle technology are taking action together to start establishing the needed charging infrastructure. Together with Volvo Group and the TRATON GROUP, we want to send a clear signal to all relevant stakeholders to follow our lead and act now.”

Finally, Christian Levin, CEO of the TRATON GROUP, added:

“We have the strong opinion that we as the TRATON GROUP together with our brands Scania and MAN as well as the commercial vehicle industry as a whole will be part of the solution when it comes to a CO2-neutral world. A collaboration with strong competitors like Daimler Truck and Volvo Group might seem unusual. However, the topic is of crucial importance and this unique cooperation will make us faster and more successful in delivering the transformational action needed to tackle climate change. Our joint venture will be a strong push for the rapid breakthrough of battery electric trucks and coaches, the most efficient and sustainable transport solutions.”

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