Europe Needs Longer Trucks
Truck manufacturers have recently stated that they could reduce CO2 emissions by more than a quarter if there is an introduction of 32 metre (105 ft) long vehicles to Europe’s roads.
Plans are already in place to bring down the total CO2 emissions from road transport. However, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) says that outlined EU standards for heavy duty vehicles will not be enough.
ACEA is requesting a total vehicle length of 32 metres, which would allow a load capacity of 200 cu m. The association believes three of these vehicles could replace six 16.5m artics, resulting in a cutback in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of around 27%.
The secretary general has urged policy makers to implement the introduction of a high-capacity transport system across borders, so that the benefits of high-capacity vehicles can be felt right across the entire EU.
High-capacity vehicles are already allowed in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, with CO2 reductions conﬁrmed in practice.
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