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Daimler unveils plan to get rid of diesel engines in commercial vehicles by 2039

29 October 2019
Environment
Energynomics

Carmaker Daimler plans to end the use of diesel engines in heavy duty vehicles over the next two decades, promising “CO₂ neutrality” for new vehicles in the branch by 2039 in the European, Japanese and North American markets.

“Having CO₂-neutral transport on the road by 2050 is our ultimate goal. This can only be achieved if competitive conditions for CO₂-neutral transport are created for our customers in terms of costs and infrastructure,” Daimler board member Martin Daum said in a press release, according to Clean Energy Wire.

Daum added that “CO₂-neutral trucks and buses won’t sell themselves” even in 2040 since total costs for purchasing and running electrically-powered trucks and buses will still be higher than for diesel vehicles, arguing that government incentives are necessary to expand the market. He said Europe-wide toll systems based on CO₂ emissions are “particularly necessary” to give carbon-neutral vehicles an edge.

Autor: Energynomics

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