Changing Lanes

Decarbonization and climate protection

Within the framework of its Green Deal policy, Europe has set itself the goal of becoming the first CO2-neutral continent by 2050 at the latest. China plans to achieve the same goal ten years after that. In one of his first acts as President of the United States, Joe Biden signed an executive order returning his country to the Paris Agreement. These are all powerful and important signals. Nevertheless, it is also clear that the formulation of political objectives and the application of sanctions alone will not be enough; we also need to “win people over” to active climate protection. This is one of the reasons why Daimler supports multilateral initiatives that are designed to promote a widespread transformation in the economy and society (Climate Pledge, TONZ). And we are first focusing on our own backyard. For example, we have set ourselves the clear goal of making our worldwide fleet of new cars and vans CO2-neutral by 2039. We also plan to do the same with our heavy-duty commercial vehicles in Europe, North America, and Japan.

We seek to ensure sustainable and self-determined mobility through technological innovations. We are determined to move ahead with the necessary transformation of our business and our company. What we plan to do represents perhaps the most fundamental “Spurwechsel” — lane change — ever made since we invented the automobile. It relates to our entire value chain as well — from development and procurement to production, sales, and recycling. We now have new green financing instruments that offer investors who focus on sustainability the opportunity to make targeted investments in climate protection technology.

At the same time, we won’t accomplish it alone — decarbonization requires and will continue to require a joint effort. Governments, companies, and society as a whole all need to pull together here. If this can be done, we are very optimistic that we will be able to have a positive influence on global temperature development.

Our holistic approach to climate protection enables us to make an effective contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals:

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Even if you believe in leaving everything up to the market, limiting global warming will cost much less than dealing with its consequences. If you decide to take on an active role, you will be at the controls. Companies like Daimler should take a clear stand: ‘We can become CO2-neutral.’ Sending such a signal will also help governments in their mission to speed up the Race to Zero for everyone.

Nigel Topping (Photo)

Nigel Topping Nigel Topping is the High Level Champion for Climate Action for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, which will be held in 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.

EQC with charging station (Photo)
EQC: Combined electrical consumption: 21.5-20.1 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km.
Electricity consumption and range were calculated on the basis of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 692/2008. Electricity consumption and range depend on the vehicle configuration.
The actual range is also dependent on individual driving style, road and traffic conditions, outside temperature, use of air conditioning/heating systems etc. and may therefore differ.
Solarpanels Factory 56 (Photo)
A photovoltaic system installed on the roof of Factory 56 generates green electricity for the manufacturing hall below. The system covers approximately 30 percent of the annual electricity requirement for Factory 56.
EQA: Combined electrical consumption: 15.7 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km.
Electricity consumption and range were calculated on the basis of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 692/2008. Electricity consumption and range depend on the vehicle configuration.
The actual range is also dependent on individual driving style, road and traffic conditions, outside temperature, use of air conditioning/heating systems etc. and may therefore differ.
EQC driving in front of a lake (Photo)
Car charging (Photo)
104 g/km (NEDC) More

The average CO2 emissions of the new passenger cars fleet in Europe (EU, United Kingdom, Norway and Iceland) decreased to anticipated 104 g/km. This means we achieved the CO2 targets of the European Union for 2020.

The life of a power pack

1 - Resources

Cobalt, lithium & Co.
The central aspects of the discussion about lithium-ion batteries - and what lies behind them.
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2 - Production

Gigantic prospects...?
How cell and battery production at Daimler dovetail.
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3 - Installation

Networked systems and intelligent robots
A flexible approach to an emission-free future.
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4 - Use, Charging and Remanu­facturing

Getting ready for long distance
How practical is the current generation of electric vehicles?
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5 - Storage and Energy Management

The tanks of the future
How can green electricity be constantly and reliably integrated into the grid?
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6 - Recycling

Reuse, Recycle, Repeat: Target station raw-material cycle
What happens to the valuable materialsmetals contained in spent lithium ion batteries?
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The life of a power pack

We constantly carry them around with us in our smartphones — and over the next ten years lithium-ion batteries will increasingly be used in vehicles as well. This is because electric mobility is now gathering pace.

The idea is obvious: Reduce CO2 emissions produced by cars and trucks, and improve air quality in cities. But is that all? More than anything else, the extent to which an electric vehicle actually improves sustainability is determined by its centerpiece — the battery. It’s therefore all the more important to ensure right from the start that batteries remain efficient and conserve resources throughout their life cycle — from battery research to battery recycling. Every step taken, no matter how small, has an impact on a battery’s life cycle assessment.

The best grades will be awarded for successfully transforming the chain of reusable materials into a closed cycle. Batteries offer great potential because of the diverse and sometimes rare raw materials that are used in everything from battery cells to battery housings. The ultimate goal is to decouple our resource consumption from our growth in production output.

UBQ Pellets (Photo)

How mountains of waste will permanently change vehicle production

For six years, the team at the startup company UBQ Materials worked on a new raw material, with the aim of producing a homogeneous renewable material from food and garden waste, diapers, paper, and packaging.

Their work resulted in the creation of the bio-based plastic UBQ, which could replace conventional plastics in a wide range of areas in the future — at Daimler as well. This is because this climate-friendly composite can be recycled more often than other plastics without any loss of quality. This gives UBQ a decisive advantage: It can reduce the CO2 footprint of components, and as a renewable source of raw materials it paves the way for the establishment of a circular economy.

Daimler began working with the Israeli startup at the beginning of 2020 with the hope of possibly using the bioplastic material soon in series production operations for a lightweight load compartment cavity. After further tests are completed, this CO2-neutral recyclate could also be used for prototype construction and for the production of bus bumpers, cable ducts, and charge carrier boxes.

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