We’re calling for a 2035 deadline for zero emission trucks in the EU

EV100+ alongside a coalition of stakeholders have sent a letter to the European Commission. The letter, which was signed by a broad coalition of 45 internationally recognised companies including Siemens, Unilever and Maersk, calls for all new freight trucks to be zero emission by 2035, with a limited exception for vocational trucks. 

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Why we're calling for a 2035 deadline

Despite accounting for just 2% of vehicles on European roads, heavy-duty trucks are responsible for over a quarter of the EU’s road transport emissions. Road transport and HDVs are also one of the largest sources of air pollution which causes 350,000 premature deaths per year in the EU.

The technologies to decarbonise trucking and tackle harmful air pollution are already here. A 2035 zero-emissions target for new freight trucks would provide investment certainty for vehicle manufacturers, and ensure the replacement of fossil-powered truck fleet in time for the EU to reach climate neutrality by 2050. 

The alliance of progressive industry stakeholders advocates for:

  • All new freight trucks should be zero emission from 2035
  • The 2030 CO2 reduction target needs to be significantly increased to 65%
  • Fuel credits should not be included in the HDV CO2 standards
  • The scope of the regulation should be extended to cover all heavy-duty vehicles

You can read our press release here

You can also read the letter below.


EV100+ letter Truck CO2 - 20 Dec. 2022.pdf

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Date added: 20/12/22