Quantron, VDA President Hildegard Müller visits the company’s HQs (and talks about new policies)
VDA President Hildegard Müller has recently paid visit to Quantron HQs in Augsburg. The President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry "gained a deep insight into the Augsburg-based technology company and discussed the development of the German mobility industry together with the Executive Board", according to the statement released by the company.
VDA President Hildegard Müller has recently paid visit to Quantron HQs in Augsburg. The President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry “gained a deep insight into the Augsburg-based technology company and discussed the development of the German mobility industry together with the Executive Board”, according to the statement released by the company.
Müller drew attention to the lack of infrastructure for battery and fuel cell-electric commercial vehicles in Europe and called for faster and far more decisive action on the part of policymakers: “In order for ambitious goals to actually be achieved, a sufficiently dense network of electric charging and hydrogen refueling stations for heavy commercial vehicles throughout Europe is a necessary prerequisite – in addition to a sufficient supply of vehicles to which we are committed. Currently, this is not even close to being in place. Without a sufficient publicly accessible charging and refueling network for heavy-duty vehicle classes in long-distance transport, it will be difficult to implement the targeted CO2 reduction goals for heavy-duty commercial vehicles”, said Müller.
Hildegard Müller at Quantron: more decisiveness requested to politicians
Above all, VDA President Müller is calling for more speed and decisiveness from politicians. Otherwise, Germany and Europe as a whole would increasingly lose out internationally as business locations. “Berlin and Brussels must realise competitiveness through an ambitious location policy: less bureaucracy, simpler and faster planning and approval procedures, a secure supply of energy and raw materials are just as necessary as a technology-open, market-based policy that unfettered companies and their innovations instead of slowing them down with regulations”, she added.
Müller also pointed to the future-oriented field of the hydrogen economy: “Hydrogen is a key technology for achieving our climate targets, not only in Germany but also at a global level. Policymakers must now ensure the framework conditions are in place that will enable us to be a world leader in this field.”
Comments from Chairman Haller and CEO Perschke
Andreas Haller, Founder and Executive Chairman of Quantron AG, added: “The German automotive industry cannot wait for political measures to achieve the EU’s CO2 limits for the transport sector. Instead, we need to work today on a viable picture of the future that includes all the necessary sectors. Since our inception, we have therefore focused on a holistic approach and developed our Quantron-as-a-Service ecosystem (QaaS) to enable the rapid ramp-up of zero-emission mobility in the transportation sector”.
According to Michael Perschke, CEO of Quantron AG: “Our goal is to create trend-setting and viable solutions by adapting and integrating more effective, future-oriented technologies. Many of the traditional OEMs are focusing on the development of zero-emission vehicles but this only addresses part of the challenge. The National Hydrogen Council estimates that at least 38,000 H2 trucks will have to be registered in Germany by 2030 in order to meet CO2 targets for road transport. Around 0.5 million tons of hydrogen will be needed to operate them. With our QaaS ecosystem, we want to address the future of mobility holistically, and are working in parallel to establish a nationwide H2 refueling and charging infrastructure to solve the chicken-and-egg problem. To accomplish this, QUANTRON is taking the path of partnerships and platform thinking.”