Daimler Truck AG and the largest Chinese lithium-ion battery manufacturer CATL have teamed up. Both companies are expanding their global partnership and would like to develop a state-of-the-art lorry-specific batteries in the future. They both plan to extend the cooperation by the year of 2030 since Daimler would like to accelerate the electrification of its activities significantly. Earlier this year, it was officially declared that the aim is to bring a broad portfolio of innovative electric vehicles into the market. That brings both companies closer to their goal of achieving a CO2-neutral future faster than expected.
After all, both companies are global leaders in their fields. They now want to realize their vision of electrified road freight transport together. As a first step, CATL is supplying lithium-ion batteries for the fully electric Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul. This e-truck should hit the market in 2024. The features of the vehicle are not only a high energy density but also an extremely long service life. In addition, they should be able to charge quickly.
Flexibility Should Ensure Success
Usually, long-haul trucks have numerous unique requirements. The new batteries would meet those requirements and introduce other benefits also. But this collaboration is just the beginning. Both companies are already planning to provide the next generation of trucks, they emphasize the development of high modularity and scalability. The new batteries to be developed should be able to be used for a wide variety of purposes. Flexibility is the key point of this collaboration.
Start of Decarbonization of the Industry
Daimer Truck AG is now implementing the plans it announced last year. CATL will supply numerous models of the group. The range of a single battery charge should be around 500 kilometres. That is how the companies would like to implement the CO2-neutral truck transport of the future step by step. Daimler wants to play a leading role in the decarbonization of the entire industry.So, the collaboration between the truck builder and the battery manufacturer is an essential step forward for both sides. We can now see opportunities to accelerate the electrification of commercial vehicles around the world.
The Chinese manufacturer relies on high energy density, long battery life cycles, and excellent cost efficiency. The experience of Daimler should help to transfer these advantages to commercial vehicles as well. Commercial vehicles currently account for 32% of CATL EV batteries. That makes this manufacturer the number 1 around the world for the fourth year in a row. In March, 343,000 buses and trucks equipped with these batteries went over the counter.
So, there are no doubts why Daimler Truck AG chose this partner. The company also has offices in Europe, Japan and the USA and operates numerous battery manufacturing plants in China. Daimler Truck AG is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of commercial vehicles. The group operates 35 central locations and employs 100,000 people. The internal strategy envisages that by 2039 Europe, Japan, and North America will only want to offer CO2-neutral new vehicles.