Zero-emission trucks: industry and environmentalists call for binding targets for infrastructure

Brussels, 14 April 2021 – Truck makers and environmentalists have joined forces to push for the deployment of 11,000 charging points for electric trucks across the EU by 2025, rising to 42,000 by 2030. The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) and Transport & Environment (T&E) made this call to the European Commission in a joint letter yesterday.

Given that there are currently close to zero truck-specific charging stations in operation, these targets are ambitious – but necessary to achieve the goals of the European Green Deal, the associations say.

In addition, some 300 hydrogen re-fuelling stations suitable for heavy-duty vehicles should be rolled out no later than 2025, increasing to around 1,000 no later than 2030.

The common industry/NGO request comes ahead of the expected review of Europe’s Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive (AFID) this year.

In their letter, ACEA and T&E urge the Commission to make AFID fit for zero-emission trucks and buses, with binding targets for infrastructure in all EU member states to ensure seamless cross-border operations. This is urgent and crucial to encourage professional transport operators to make a swift transition to zero-emission vehicles.

Electric and hydrogen-powered trucks require specific charging and re-fuelling infrastructure because of their high power and energy demand, as well as space, parking and access requirements. The European Commission must address these specific needs in the AFID review, ensuring charging and re-fuelling is possible at truck depots, at logistics hubs (when loading and unloading), at public sites in urban areas and along highway corridors.

“Our industry is fully committed to the Green Deal and therefore carbon-neutral road freight transport by 2050 at the latest. To that end, we are investing massively in CO2-neutral trucks,” stated Martin Daum, ACEA Commercial Vehicle Board Chair and CEO of Daimler Truck AG.

“However, our customers will not invest in these vehicles unless they can charge and re-fuel them easily as they deliver goods from one country to another. The upcoming AFID review is a golden opportunity to make sure that infrastructure roll-out and the deployment of zero-emission vehicles go hand-in-hand.”

“The future is electric, even for trucks,” said William Todts, executive director at Transport & Environment. “The transition to zero-emission trucks is happening and it is time for the European Commission to wake up. We need to build 10,000 truck charging points in the next four years, in truck depots, logistics hub and along every main highway in Europe.”

The upcoming AFID review is a golden opportunity to make sure that infrastructure roll-out and the deployment of zero-emission vehicles go hand-in-hand.


Notes for editors

  • The joint letter by ACEA and T&E to the European Commission on the revision of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive can be found here: https://www.acea.auto/files/ACEA_TE_letter-Making_AFID_fit_for_zero-emission_heavy-duty_vehicles.pdf
  • The target for charging infrastructure for trucks includes both public and destination – or semi-public – charging (eg charging at logistic hubs, distribution centres, etc) but excludes overnight public charging.
  • Long-haul battery electric trucks, when travelling long distances, will not always come back to the depot overnight. The revised AFID should set targets for the deployment of lower power (100 kW) public overnight chargers at truck parking areas along the highways, with at least 40,000 overnight public chargers in 2030.

About ACEA

  • The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) is the Brussels-based trade association of the 15 major car, van, truck and bus producers in Europe.
  • The ACEA commercial vehicle members are DAF Trucks, Daimler Trucks, Ford Trucks, IVECO, MAN Truck & Bus, Scania, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, and Volvo Group.
  • More information about ACEA can be found on www.acea.be or www.twitter.com/ACEA_eu.
  • Contact: Cara McLaughlin, Communications Director, cm@acea.be, +32 485 88 66 47.

About T&E

  • Transport & Environment (T&E) is Europe’s leading NGO campaigning for cleaner transport. Its work is supported by 63 organisations in 24 countries across Europe representing, all together, more than 3.5 million people.
  • Contact: Tiziana Frongia, freight director, tiziana.frongia@transportenvironment.org, +32 484 320 077.

About the EU automobile industry

  • 14.6 million Europeans work in the auto industry (directly and indirectly), accounting for 6.7% of all EU jobs.
  • 11.5% of EU manufacturing jobs – some 3.7 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 €74 billion for the EU.
  • The turnover generated by the auto industry represents more than 8% of the EU’s GDP.
  • Investing €62 billion in R&D annually, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest private contributor to innovation, accounting for 33% of total EU spending.
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