The EU has proposed ambitious CO2 emissions targets, but without the recharging and refuelling infrastructure for electric and alternatively-powered trucks, those targets may not be reached.
According to data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), these targets will only be met if there is a rapid and massive uptake of zero- and low-emission trucks. It also points out that there is currently no clear plan for the roll-out of the required infrastructure.
The ACEA estimates that at least 6,000 high-power charging points for etrucks are needed along EU motorways by 2025-2030. This figure is in addition to the 20,000 ‘regular’ charging points required for trucks. ACEA secretary general Erik Jonnaert stated: “The shocking fact is that there is not one single public charging point for long-haul trucks available today.” While we are seeing high-power charging points for electric cars along our motorways, these are not suitable for trucks.
It’s a similar situation with the existing infrastructure for hydrogen, CNG and LNG-powered trucks.
We clearly need to set CO2 emissions targets, but more thought needs to go into the practicalities of meeting them.