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CO2 targets for trucks currently unachievable

CO2 targets for trucks currently unachievable

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.

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  1. Stop whining the situation is desperate- just get on and solve the problem

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