Traton Turns To Electric To Hit Emissions Targets

THE TRATON Group, launched at the IAA Show in Hanover last year and which includes Scania and MAN, believes the EU’s target of cutting carbon emissions from heavy trucks by 15% by 2025 can be achieved largely with conventional engine technology, but the much tougher target of a 30% reduction by 2030 will require a significant move to alternative drivetrains, mainly battery electric.

Speaking at the inaugural Traton innovation day for media and key customers at Scania’s HQ in Södertälje, Sweden, Traton CEO Andreas Renschler said that in the next 10 to 15 years one third of the group’s trucks and buses would have an alternative drivetrain, ‘most of them fully electric’.

While the group is looking closely at hydrogen, both to power electric fuel cells and internal combustion engines, it appears to be betting on a new highly fuel efficient diesel drivetrain based on a 13 litre, six cylinder engine together with battery electric vehicles (BEVs) as the main routes to achieving the tough EU CO2 reduction targets for trucks over 16 tonnes.

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