For the electrification of trucks, everything remains to be done

Will trucks suffer the same fate as thermal cars? At the end of November, the European Commission must propose a revision of the CO2 emission standards for heavy goods vehicles. The sensitive subject should animate the discussions at the IAA Transportation show, which opens on September 20 in Hanover (Germany). Even though the sector has begun its electric transition, diesel remains ultra-majority in road transport. And the environmental impact of these activities is far from marginal: while trucks and buses represent only 2.5% of vehicles on the road in Europe, they are responsible for more than a quarter of transport CO2 emissions. road and alone 6% of the total emissions of the European Union.

The different camps are already making their voices heard to accelerate or moderate the decarbonization of trucks. On the side of the defenders of the electric vehicle, the NGO Transport & Environment suggests ending sales of thermal heavy goods vehicles from 2035, as for passenger cars. Given the lifespan of vehicles, the organization considers 2035 to be “the last possible deadline” if the European Union is to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

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