Electric Commercial Vehicles
Public passenger- and global freight transport is facing a profound change.
Logistics - especially in urban areas - will change dramatically in the coming years. Sustainability and environmental protection have a high priority for the commercial vehicle industry.
This will reduce the importance of conventional internal combustion engines. The future CO2 targets can only be met if the share of low-emission or emission-free vans, buses and trucks continues to increase.
Electric mobility in commercial vehicles offers enormous potential, also with regard to new logistics concepts on the "last mile". For example, quiet and locally emission-free commercial vehicles could enable the supply and disposal of our inner cities even at night or at least at off-peak hours in order to relieve the rush hours.
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The Future is Electric!
The German automotive industry is working intensively on electrifying their fleets.
For this purpose, a roadmap for the transition of the drive types was developed. This includes electric commercial vehicles for the use in long-haul traffic in the near future.
With great commitment and together with the suppliers the German manufacturers are working towards a needs-based charging infrastructure.
Charging Infrastructure for Commercial Vehicles
The conditions to transition to an electric vehicle in the commercial context are often better than for private users, as the necessary charging infrastructure can be installed relatively easily at the depots.
Nevertheless, the creation of a framework for a needs-based and intelligent DC charging infrastructure is the decisive basis for the commercial electric mobility movement. Because in both, public areas and private areas, solutions for the charging of electric fleets of CEP companies, logistics-, municipal- and craft enterprises are needed. These include so-called strategic charging points, which secure the reach in the entire urban area.
In addition to corresponding funding programs, a supporting framework is needed to establish a comprehensive charging infrastructure. For this purpose the automotive industry has developed recommendations.
The conversion of an existing fleet to electric commercial vehicles and buses creates a challenge for the fleet management, the construction of the charging infrastructure, operational planning and much more. Therefore, manufacturers and the federal government offer support in planning and implementing the transition to vehicles with alternative drives.
Switching to new powertrain and fleet solutions raises many new questions that go far beyond the actual vehicle. The process therefore begins with a comprehensive situation and requirements analysis, as the solution must fit the purpose, depending on the focus, range and payload. From vehicle deployment and route optimization to optimal charging strategy and energy supply, a tailor-made concept has to be developed.