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To decarbonise trucks, the EU will need to set – as part of the upcoming revision of the law – national targets for public truck charging at key urban centres and distribution centres for 2025, according to T&E’s roadmap. National targets for truck chargers at other centres and on key highways are needed for 2030. Trucks are responsible for 22% of road transport CO2 emissions, and this share will grow as the car fleet goes electric – unless e-trucks are adequately supported.
Lucien Mathieu, transport and emobility analyst at T&E, said: “The alternative fuels infrastructure law will decide how we will power the trucks of the future, and those trucks must be zero-emission. The EU needs to show truckers and truckmakers its roadmap for installing Europe’s e-truck charging network. That means providing certainty that truck re-charging will be at depots, distribution centers and public stations.”
The EU should make its alternative fuels infrastructure law a regulation to ensure better implementation of truck charging targets, T&E’s roadmap says. The legislation should also simultaneously phase out any targets for gas infrastructure and require the supply of electricity alongside Europe’s major roads to serve long-haul trucks. T&E also calls for the deployment of hydrogen refueling infrastructure in major EU ports to support hydrogen ships – but also to potentially supply hydrogen trucks operating within ports.
Lucien Mathieu said: “The climate emergency demands action on truck CO2 emissions. Europe should start by making sure its key urban areas and roads are fit for zero-emissions road freight. In that way, no part of the EU is left behind in the Green Deal.”
T&E paper: Roadmap for Electric Truck Charging
T&E event: Getting zero-emission trucks on the road
Wednesday, 19 February, Brussels | Details