he transformation of trucking in Europe towards zero-emission vehicles is accelerating and must be accomplished within two decades.
Never since the switch from horse-drawn carriages to Diesel-powered trucks, has there been such fundamental change for the industry. Technologies are being replaced and value pools are being reallocated. But also, the daily use of trucks by their operators is changing: battery charging and range limitations heavily affect the usage and scheduling of electric vehicle fleets.
Batteries replace Diesel engines as being the most valuable single component of a truck. On a long-haul tractor with 600 kWh battery capacity, the energy storage
accounts for 60% of the total product costs. Even though this share will gradually
decrease because of improving economies of scale and evolving battery technology, batteries have a massive influence on the value of electric trucks throughout their life cycle. And here another difference to Diesel trucks comes into play: lifespans of vehicles and major components like the battery will increasingly be out of sync.
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Steffen Stumpp (1970) joined the Berylls Group in October 2020 as Head of Business Unit Commercial Vehicles. At this point, he already looked back on extensive professional and leadership experience in the commercial vehicle industry. Stumpp started his career in an OEM and went through different roles in research, marketing, product planning and after-sales service. When he switched to the automotive supplier industry, he took over the responsibility for worldwide sales and marketing of a medium-sized tier 1 supplier. After another step as head of sales he decided to join Berylls, where he is now responsible for the commercial vehicle business.
Stumpp is a graduate engineer and has studied industrial engineering at the KIT in Karlsruhe and the Technical University of Berlin with focus on logistics.