The electric drive of trucks is hampered by the lack of chargers, according to the boss of Iveco

The truck industry would be able to phase out the sale of polluting vehicles by the end of this decade if the charging and refueling infrastructure were deployed quickly enough, the Iveco boss said.

But Gerrit Marx, chief executive, warned that an expected lack of charging stations that can accommodate large, long-distance vehicles could hold back buyers.

“If you remove the infrastructure from the table [as a barrier], if available today, the industry could go zero emissions by 2030 or 2035, ”he told the Financial Times.

However the prediction is “theoretical”, he added, because “the supply and recharge network will not be there I am afraid”.

Although governments and businesses plan to install charging points and hydrogen refueling stations for passenger cars, the long-haul trucking industry often has different requirements, including much faster charging to reduce times. shut-off and specialized hydrogen pumps.

Marx said the hydrogen tanks must be able to discharge “70 kg in 15 minutes to have diesel parity”, adding that the technology was “not there yet”.

Three of the biggest truck manufacturers – Daimler, Volvo and Traton, owner of Scania – are already planning to spend 500 million euros to install 1,700 charging stations for electric trucks across Europe. The industry estimates that it will need 50,000 chargers across the continent by the end of this decade.


Europe’s largest truck manufacturers have already pledged to phase out sales of polluting diesel vehicles by 2040 in the region in order to focus instead on alternatives to batteries, hydrogen and clean fuels.

But only one major truck maker, Scania, this month signed the COP26 pledge to end worldwide sales by that date.

Marx said Iveco already has electric buses and will expand its range of zero-emission models in the coming years, including an electric van and fuel cell truck in 2023, and a fuel cell bus in 2024.

He said there were several specialist applications the company specializes in, including fire trucks, which were not suitable for conversion to electric vehicles.

“I consider it utter nonsense to have an electric fire truck,” he said, as the vehicle can drain the battery by running its garden hoses for long periods of time.

“If the goal is to put out fires, that is the goal and must be the goal. “

Iveco, which manufactures trucks, buses and utility vehicles, will separate from CNH Industrials, which manufactures tractors and construction vehicles, early next year.

CNH itself originated from the Fiat empire and is still supported by the Italian Agnelli family, which also owns significant stakes in Ferrari and automaker Stellantis.

Iveco last week set independent financial targets, including increasing its annual revenue to € 16.5-17.5 billion by 2026, from € 11.8 billion before the pandemic, and the increase in profit margins to 5-6% against 3.6% in 2019.

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