According to the MAN boss, the hydrogen-powered fuel cell in heavy-duty traffic will not be introduced in large numbers any time soon. “Green hydrogen is scarce,” said Alexander Vlaskamp today at the IAA commercial vehicle trade fair in Hanover.
In the production and use of green hydrogen, around two thirds of the total amount of energy is currently lost through the individual conversion stages. Pure hydrogen must first be obtained from compounds such as water or ammonia – ideally using green electricity – in an energy-intensive process. Further useful energy flows out when it is burned again, in the connected electric motor and in the movement transmitted to the drive train.
E-mobility will also come for heavy trucks
Vlaskamp estimates that fuel cell trucks could probably not be used profitably in large numbers until the early or mid-2030s at the earliest. “For this reason, we are now concentrating on battery electric trucks.” The CEO of the Munich Volkswagen subsidiary confirmed the goal that from around 2025 the total operating costs for battery-powered trucks could catch up with those with diesel engines – or be lower.
E-mobility has often only been associated with the upheaval in the car business, said Vlaskamp. But: “The change to climate-neutral mobility is progressing at an increasing pace. The truck industry will follow.”
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