European climate group says EU needs tougher truck CO2 targets

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October 11 (Businesshala) – The European Union needs to dramatically tighten CO2 targets for truck manufacturers to shift to a zero-emissions model because current targets do not provide incentives to do so, European campaign group Transport and Environment (T&E) said. Monday.

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In a study titled “Easy Ride: Why the EU’s Truck CO2 Targets Are Unsuitable for 2020”, the climate group found that improvements in aerodynamics and fuel efficiency mean that truck manufacturers are better able to meet the EU’s 2025 CO2 targets. while there are only a few zero-emissions long-distance trucks to make.

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The study also found that most truck manufacturers have already made voluntary commitments to sell electric vehicles that go beyond EU requirements.

“Truck manufacturers are clearly able to decarbonize faster,” Lucien Mathieu, T&E’s acting freight director, said in a statement. “It’s time to make them.”

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Under current EU regulations, truck manufacturers have a voluntary target of making 2% of sales for zero-emissions vehicles from 2025 onwards. The EU is expected to revise that target.

Based on the truck maker’s voluntary commitments, T&E estimates that zero-emissions trucks will make up 7% of sales in 2025 and 43% of sales in 2030.

T&E said this suggests the EU could set a realistic “but more ambitious” target that at least 30% of sales should be zero-emissions trucks by 2028.

The study also found that Swedish truck maker Scania, part of Volkswagen AG’s (VOWG_p.DE) commercial vehicle arm Trautan SE (8TRA.DE), is a market leader: an average of 5.3% for the most common types of longs. With low CO2 emissions. -Haul trucks thanks in large part to aerodynamics.

Renault (RENA.PA) and Iveco, the truck and bus business of Italian-American CNH Industrial (CNHI.MI), are both lagging, T&E said, with emissions averaging 2.6% and 2.4%, respectively.

Reporting by Nick Carey Editing by Francis Carey

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