Munich / Hanover (dpa) - According to an analysis, building a Europe-wide network of charging points for electric trucks or hydrogen filling stations for heavy goods vehicles would run into the billions.

Overall, however, such costs - in relation to the possible climate effect - would be “manageable”, according to a current study by the consulting firm PwC Strategy & in Munich.

According to this, around 120 fast-charging parks on important long-distance routes would cost an estimated 2.5 billion euros.

If trucks powered by fuel cells should prevail, from the current point of view one would have to calculate with around 2.2 billion euros to set up the necessary infrastructure - including 70 separate hydrogen filling stations.

Transport plays a central role among the producers of the greenhouse gas CO2.

In the past few years, climate protection activists had shown themselves to be disappointed by the low savings - in addition to cars, airplanes and ships, heavy-duty vehicles are also increasingly coming into focus.

From a technical point of view, electric trucks, for example, have so far been a difficult project due to the necessary range.

The fuel cell is given opportunities, but these drives are comparatively expensive - and elementary hydrogen must first be produced in large quantities and, if possible, with renewable electricity.

Another alternative is trucks whose combustion engines run on synthetically produced fuels instead of diesel.

They could “also be issued at conventional petrol stations”, according to the consultants - therefore “there would be no additional infrastructure costs associated with this scenario”.

However, according to industry observers, operating such trucks would be significantly more expensive for freight forwarders: in ten years they would be estimated at 95 cents per kilometer.

In contrast, 68 cents are assumed for e-trucks and 65 cents for hydrogen trucks.

The normal diesel combustion engine would be significantly cheaper at 57 cents.

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