Commercial Vehicle Cluster - Electrification of Commercial Vehicles

October 23, 2017

TREMEC Torque Transfer SolutionsBoppard, Germany

Electromobility is currently one of the dominant topics in public discussions. Reduction of pollutant emissions, build-up of charging infrastructure, and increase in battery range are aspects that are discussed in the context of individual traffic issues.

The topic of electrification has also become increasingly important in the commercial vehicle sector. A growing demand for electrically driven delivery vehicles for the "last mile" with simultaneous impending driving bans for diesel vehicles in inner cities makes clear that the topic of electric mobility also opens up great opportunities for commercial vehicles.

Compared to the electrification of passenger cars, however, the challenges of commercial vehicles are much more complex. Not only due to the fact that especially in heavy-duty trucks new dimensions are achieved for energy storage systems or the charging infrastructure, but also because the issue of electrification can not be restricted to the driving chassis alone. In many cases, the defining feature of a commercial vehicle is the design and construction. This, too, can or must be electrified, which is associated with new opportunities and challenges.

Electrification does not only make sense in commercial vehicles for passenger and freight transport. Rather, it also opens up new perspectives for agricultural and construction machinery. More compact designs, higher performance or more precise machine control are advantages that enable electrification.

Against the background outlined above, the Supervisory Board of the CVC decided in April 2017 to systematically seize the issue of "electrification" in the CVC and to open a new thematic focus. The CVC Managing Director, Dr. Martin Thul, was commissioned to work out a concept for the strategic development of this topic and to implement it at the CVC.


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