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.
There are now 43 million dirty diesels on Europe’s roads, and their numbers continue to grow three years after the Dieselgate scandal was exposed, a new report concludes. Even a diesel car that passed the EU’s new on-road test emits nine times the legal amount of nitrogen oxides (NOx) when driven in a way more representative of typical driving, new testing shows. NGO Transport & Environment (T&E), which authored the report, said it shows combustion engines – including those which passed the official Real-Driving Emissions test – are not clean and will continue to pollute in the foreseeable future.
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.
Today’s Court of Auditors report on air pollution shows that the EU is failing to protect its citizens’ health, sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) has said. The standards set by the EU’s Ambient Air Quality Directive are actually weaker than the WHO guidelines, the report finds.
The European Parliament's environment committee today signalled the Parliament's support for ambitious CO2 standards for new cars and vans in 2030 and comprehensively rejected the Commission’s inadequate proposal just a month before the full Parliament votes. European NGO federation Transport & Environment (T&E) welcomes the vote as a step towards a more rapid transition to electric vehicles, but warns that the renewed ambition falls short of what is needed to meet Europe’s Paris climate commitments.
Despite the perception that public recharging is a major barrier to the mass uptake of electric vehicles (EV), public chargers are only used for about 5% of charging events, including on-street city charging, car parks and fast charging along road corridors. The data compiled in various studies to date shows that the vast majority of EV charging happens at home or work and it is a lack of choice and availability of electric cars that is the principal barrier.
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.
The real cost of carmakers gaming fuel efficiency tests is now revealed: the additional fuel burned because of widespread industry manipulation has cost drivers an extra €149.6 billion for the past 18 years (2000-2017) . In 2017 alone, this superfluous waste of Europeans’ money was €23.4 billion, which is slightly more than all Swedes spent on food last year . Since 2000 the manipulation of CO2 tests has produced an additional 264 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, slightly more than the annual CO2 emissions of the Netherlands.
Tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are still not compulsory for all vehicles on the road, but a new study finds that cars with the systems fitted are far safer than those without. Vehicles fitted with some form of TPMS are safer according to a new study by Dekra, an independent certification agency. The European Parliament and governments are currently discussing a proposal to extend the requirement for TPMS to all cars, vans, buses, and trucks sold in the EU.
European Commission scientists have uncovered evidence of carmakers manipulating the results of a new test for CO2 emissions, documents obtained by Transport & Environment show. Less than three years after the Dieselgate NOx emissions scandal, the car industry is now inflating its CO2/fuel economy results, which could reduce the stringency of its 2025 CO2 targets by more than half.  In this way they will be able to sell fewer electric cars and more diesel vehicles while still hitting their targets.