Baden-Württemberg: Infrastructure for electric and hydrogen trucks planned

Stuttgart. Daimler, EnBW, institutes of the Fraunhofer Society and the state of Baden-Württemberg want to set up a project for the supply of hydrogen and for charging the batteries for trucks in long-distance transport. In a first step, a demonstration system is to be built on a motorway in the southwest, as Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) announced on Thursday in Stuttgart. After all, commercial vehicles caused around a third of all emissions in the transport sector.

In a second step, planning for a nationwide charging and refueling infrastructure is to be started. Four to ten locations are planned. A corresponding declaration of intent was signed on the occasion of the “Strategy Dialog Automotive Industry”.

Kretschmann said: “The automotive industry is undergoing the greatest change since it was founded.” The car is increasingly becoming a smartphone on wheels and will soon have to be climate-neutral. Hundreds of thousands of jobs in the southwest were linked to the restructuring of the industry. Therefore, everyone should pull together. “To do this, Germany has to go from being the world champion in setting goals to becoming a world champion in implementing.”

Annual meeting of heads of large companies as an occasion

In Stuttgart, the Prime Minister met with the heads of the largest and most important corporations and IG Metall for the annual “top-level meeting” to discuss what has been achieved so far and to define the priorities for further cooperation. According to the State Ministry, the topic will in future be dealt with along the three main areas of vehicle, data and energy.

For the manufacturers, Ola Källenius (Daimler) and Oliver Blume (Porsche) sat at the table, Wolf-Henning Scheider (ZF Friedrichshafen) represented the supplier industry. In addition, Frank Mastiaux from the energy company EnBW, Roman Zitzelsberger from IG Metall and from the cabinet, including Economics Minister Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut (CDU), were there. The state and the automotive industry launched their strategic partnership in May 2017 in order to jointly tackle the change to electromobility. (dpa / sn)