Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) has spoken out in favor of a large number of alternative drive types for freight transport in view of climate protection. At the commercial vehicle and logistics trade fair IAA Transportation, he said on Wednesday evening that the purely battery-electric drive could not cover all areas of logistics in terms of range and charging speed. Alternative drives are of central importance at the IAA with regard to the decarbonization of the sector, currently fueled by the energy crisis.
At the stand of the automotive supplier Bosch, he had the three future options for truck drives explained to him, from batteries to fuel cell electric and hydrogen combustion engines, and said, “We want to keep all areas of technology open. Long-distance truck transport is something different from cars. That’s why we rely on openness to technology.”
At the beginning of 2022, the Minister of Transport had already explicitly announced that he wanted to rely fully on electromobility for cars when he said: “We have to use the various energy sources where they are most efficient. In the case of cars, that is the electric drive.” Wissing thus left the course of his predecessor Andreas Scheuer (CSU), who had also relied on the use of so-called synthetic fuels (e-fuels).
Missing H2 from green electricity should be imported
Wissing apparently regards the fact that there is not enough hydrogen or electricity from renewable sources to generate it in Germany as a solvable problem. He said he is confident that Germany can procure sufficient quantities in the coming years because of the agreements made with partner countries.
In a first round of funding, Wissing’s ministry approved around 330 projects for the development and expansion of climate-friendly road freight transport worth a good 190 million euros. The purchase of commercial vehicles with electric or hydrogen drives was subsidized with around 158 million euros. The ministry has also subsidized almost 1,500 charging points.
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