Flexible approach to truck dimensions will have greater impact on fuel efficiency, say manufacturers

Brussels, 18 March 2014 – Following today’s vote by the Transport Committee of the European Parliament on the revised directive on truck weights and dimensions, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) reiterates its support for having additional space for fuel-efficient innovations in trucks, calling for the flexibility to use the extra space for innovations that have the greatest impact on fuel efficiency.

This does not only include aerodynamics (the best trucks on the market today would only gain a 1% fuel-efficiency improvement through aerodynamic cabs), but include a number of technological innovations that require more space, such as alternative powertrains, more efficient cooling solutions, fuel tanks for alternative fuels and waste heat recovery.

“This flexible approach has far more potential to improve the fuel efficiency of the truck of the future,” said ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert.

As regards safety, the industry stresses that it is not necessary to re-design the cab to have the best safety outcome. “Safety technologies that prevent accidents happening in the first place are the way forward,” explained Mr Jonnaert. “The industry is committed to continuing to build safety technologies into commercial vehicles.”

Notes for editors

About ACEA

  • 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.
  • Visit www.acea.auto for more information about ACEA, and follow us on www.twitter.com/ACEA_auto or www.linkedin.com/company/ACEA/.
  • Contact: Cara McLaughlin, Communications Director, cm@acea.auto, +32 485 88 66 47.

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About the EU automobile industry

  • 13 million Europeans work in the auto industry (directly and indirectly), accounting for 7% of all EU jobs.
  • 11.5% of EU manufacturing jobs – some 3.4 million – are in the automotive sector.
  • Motor vehicles are responsible for €374.6 billion of tax revenue for governments across key European markets.
  • The automobile industry generates a trade surplus of €79.5 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.
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