Despite all the fanfare about electric trucks at the world’s largest truck fair (IAA) tomorrow, the German and European truck lobby groups are urging lawmakers to weaken emission reduction targets so they can keep selling even dirtier diesel lorries for another decade and as few electric trucks as possible. Transport & Environment’s (T&E) analysis shows that new trucks in 2025 could be even less fuel efficient than those in 2019, if lawmakers follow the wishes of the German VDA and Europe’s ACEA.
The European Commission today proposed the EU’s first-ever fuel economy standards for new trucks. The 2025 target of 15% will save truck owners €5,000 in reduced fuel bills every year, strengthen European truckmakers’ competitiveness and cut millions of tonnes of climate-changing emissions. Sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) welcomes the proposal but cautions that the Commission’s plan falls short of the ambition demanded by hauliers and businesses and what’s needed to hit the EU’s own climate goals.
A group of 18 major European cities have written to Commission President Juncker urging him to prioritise road safety by mandating a direct vision standard for trucks as soon as possible. Cities such as London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels and Copenhagen are re-designing existing roads and cutting vehicle speeds but say they cannot be successful "if we do not also improve in parallel the safety of the cars, vans and trucks".
The Environment Committee of the European Parliament will vote next week on noise limits for vehicles. The compromise proposal put forward by the lead MEP has been drafted by sports car manufacturer Porsche.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has told the EU to bring forward the deadline for trucks to comply with life-saving ‘direct vision’ standards. In a letter to Industry Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska obtained by Transport & Environment (T&E), Khan welcomes her proposal to define the area surrounding a truck cab that the driver must be able to see without using mirrors or cameras, but says “we need to move quicker” on its implementation.
The European trucking sector is at a crossroads and must make a choice between emissions climbing 10% over the next decade or taking a pathway towards lower CO2 emissions, stronger economic growth for Europe and better energy security. A pathway towards zero carbon road freight would cut oil imports by 1bn barrels of oil equivalent by 2030, would strengthen GDP and would create around 120,000 net additional jobs across the economy.
In einer bislang beispiellosen Initiative haben 35 führende Handelsunternehmen, Logistiker und Spediteure die Europäische Kommission unter Jean-Claude Juncker dazu aufgerufen, die CO2-Emissionen neuer Lkw um fast ein Viertel zu reduzieren. Juncker sei nun gefragt, sein Versprechen  einlösen, um Europas Vorreiterrolle beim Kampf gegen den Klimawandel zu sichern. Mit einer verbindlich festgeschriebenen Reduzierung der CO2-Emissionen um 24 % bis 2025 würde der für Mai geplante Kommissionsvorschlag für CO2-Grenzwerte für Lkw gleich einen doppelten Effekt haben: Er würde die Branche dabei unterstützen, ihre Klimaziele zu erreichen, und den Unternehmen gleichzeitig Einsparungen von 7.700 € pro Jahr und Fahrzeug ermöglichen. Dies geht aus einem Brief hervor, den neben DB Schenker, Hermes Germany, IKEA, Tchibo auch mittelständische Spediteure und Verbände des Transportgewerbes unterschrieben haben.
Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission should set a target of reducing truck emissions by almost a quarter if he wants to deliver on his pledge  of Europe remaining the leader in the fight against climate change, 36 major global brands, transport companies and hauliers associations have told the EU leader. A mandated 24% cut in CO2 by 2025 in the Commission’s truck CO2 proposal next month would help the sector meet its climate goals and save businesses €7,700 per year, per truck, according to a letter signed by Carrefour, IKEA, Unilever, Heineken, Nestlé, Geodis, national transport associations and other big players in an unprecedented joint call by companies and truckers.
A deal on a new law requiring truckmakers to disclose data about their vehicles’ fuel efficiency has been welcomed. Sustainable transport NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) said the provisional agreement struck between MEPs and EU governments yesterday will bring more transparency and competition, and will therefore allow hauliers to make informed purchasing decisions, driving fuel efficiency gains and climate emissions reductions.
More investment in public charging infrastructure needed after 2020 as electric vehicle sales increase.Press release from the Electromobility Platform.Contrary to mainstream belief that there are not enough electric vehicle chargers and that this is discouraging potential EV buyers, a new analysis reveals sufficient public recharging facilities for the number of cars on the road in 2017 in many countries. Furthermore, if national EV infrastructure roll-out plans are met there will also be sufficient EV chargers until 2020.