Enabling energy efficient heavy duty vehicles
Heavy duty commercial, construction and agricultural vehicles (CAVs) such as long-haul trucks, dump trucks, buses, harvesters, tracked vehicles and forklifts have to meet special requirements: Besides reliability, durability and profitability, they have to be eco-friendly and energy efficient. Although there are many more passenger vehicles on the roads, heavy duty vehicles such as trucks and buses account for around 27% of CO₂ emissions in road transport, representing around 6% of all CO₂ emissions in the EU.
Rising CO2 emissions and energy use are being driven primarily by greater economic activity and an increased demand for goods, which lead to more transport and delivery, and more trucking activity. The EU Council adopted the first European CO₂ emission standards for trucks and other heavy duty vehicles to counteract the rising CO2 emissions. Under the new rules, manufacturers will have to reduce CO₂ emissions from new trucks by an average of 15% by 2025 and 30% by 2030 compared to 2019 levels. That’s why beginning in 2025 at the latest, trucks on European roads will eventually become more and more eco-friendly.