In a joint statement published by the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), truck manufacturers have concluded that all heavy-duty vehicles will abandon engines powered by conventional fuels (such as diesel ) in order to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050.
The European Commission previously announced its intention for its member states to be carbon neutral by 2050.
ACEA said the target was achievable if trucks were carbon-free by 2040, provided that extensive charging and refueling infrastructure was built across Europe to support alternative propulsion methods.
A regulatory framework with “global CO2 pricing” has also been proposed.
“Climate change is the most fundamental challenge of our generation,” said Henrik Henriksson, Chairman of the ACEA Commercial Vehicles Board and CEO of Scania.
“At the same time, the raging Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the crucial role road transport and logistics play in ensuring that food, medicine and other essentials are available to those in need. Said Henriksson.
Mr. Henriksson signed the document under the statement “We are ready, a zero emission transport system is possible”, and was joined by business leaders from Daimler Trucks, Volvo Group, Iveco, MAN, DAF and Ford Trucks.
“If road freight transport is to maintain its role in the service of society, we must move away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible. Not only are we convinced that it is necessary, we know it is possible and we are ready to make it happen. . But we cannot do it alone – we need policy makers and other stakeholders to join forces with us. “