“Fuel efficiency and low fuel consumption are the main criteria for our customers and we are right at the top in Europe with our vehicles.”
Statement by Martin Daum (Part 1)
Statement by Martin Daum (Part 2)
Martin Daum is the Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG with responsibility for Daimler Trucks & Buses
“On the one hand, we have been working for many years to reduce our CO₂ footprint as far as possible. Fuel efficiency and low fuel consumption are the main purchase criteria for our customers and we are right at the top in Europe with our vehicles in terms of fuel consumption. We have continuously improved these vehicles over the past ten, twenty years; we have continually explored the limits that are technically possible. This means that with regard to which pressures, which temperatures we work with, how algorithms, computer simulation programs, predictive driving, automated driving, aerodynamics and so on can help – we have made considerable progress, invested many hundreds of millions and as a result achieved reductions of just between 1 and 1.5 percent a year.
If we now get a regulation requiring us to achieve reductions of 2 percent and after 2025 of more than 3 percent a year, then we have no technical solution – and not just we at Daimler, but the industry as a whole. But since industry in general is dependent on trucks, a solution must be found. One solution would be like the eActros presented here*. This means that if we miss our targets by 5 percent, then 5 percent of our vehicles must emit no CO₂ at all. Since these electric vehicles are significantly more expensive than diesel vehicles, we now have to find a way of pricing this in the market, in which segments we will use them, in which form legislation can significantly help with something like this.”
*Background: The statement was made at a handover ceremony of an eActros to a customer in February 2019.