European auto industry welcomes transparency for customers on CO2 from heavy-duty vehicles
Brussels, 21 May 2014 – Following the publication today of the European Commission’s strategy for CO2 emissions from trucks and buses, the European commercial vehicle industry welcomes the introduction of a certification system which would give customers full transparency on fuel efficiency.
“Fuel efficiency is a top priority for the transport companies who buy and use trucks and buses, because fuel accounts for over one-third of their total operating costs,” explained Erik Jonnaert, Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). “Fuel efficiency is therefore the number one competitive factor in developing and selling heavy-duty vehicles.”
By developing a computer simulation tool and test procedures based on real-world data for certifying CO2 emissions, the Commission has laid a solid foundation for improving consumer information. This simulation tool, which is called VECTO and is still in prototype phase, will be able to calculate the specific emissions data for each individual bus or truck configuration. “This system will empower customers to compare and choose the most fuel-efficient vehicle combination adapted to their needs,” explained Mr Jonnaert. “Customers are the best regulators for fuel efficiency.”
ACEA stresses that CO2 emissions from trucks and buses cannot be addressed via a ‘one-size-fits-all’ policy, and that an approach that introduces mandatory emission limits would not necessarily translate into improvements in the real world. With several thousand shapes and sizes of trucks and buses, the heavy duty vehicle market’s complexity could not possibly be reflected in such a generalised approach to regulation.
“As an industry we need to be as close to the real market as possible, rather than showing that we are compliant with an ‘artificial’ framework based on legal targets,” went on Jonnaert. “Market forces are clearly the best way forward.”
European commercial vehicle manufacturers are world leaders in fuel efficiency, with fuel consumption down 60% since 1965, thanks to technologies like common rail injection, automated gearboxes, turbocharging and intercooling.
However, enhanced vehicle technologies must be accompanied by other measures if environmental targets are to be met: training in eco-driving, adjustments in vehicle dimensions, improved transport logistics, better and more intelligent infrastructure, a shift to alternative fuels, to name just a few.
- The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) is the Brussels-based trade association of the 16 major car, van, truck and bus producers in Europe.
- The ACEA commercial vehicle members are DAF Trucks, Daimler Truck, Ford Trucks, Iveco Group, MAN Truck & Bus, Scania, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, and Volvo Group.
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About the EU automobile industry
- 12.7 million Europeans work in the auto industry (directly and indirectly), accounting for 6.6% of all EU jobs.
- 11.5% of EU manufacturing jobs – some 3.5 million – are in the automotive sector.
- Motor vehicles are responsible for €398.4 billion of tax revenue for governments across key European markets.
- The automobile industry generates a trade surplus of €76.3 billion for the EU.
- The turnover generated by the auto industry represents more than 8% of the EU’s GDP.
- Investing €58.8 billion in R&D annually, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest private contributor to innovation, accounting for 32% of total EU spending.