In a letter to the EU on Thursday, more than 40 manufacturers, shippers, and business organizations, including Siemens, Maersk, and Unilever, demanded that all freight trucks be zero-emission versions by 2035. The European Commission is presently developing plans for infrastructure to charge electric or fuel hydrogen-powered heavy-duty vehicles, as well as CO2 reduction objectives for freight trucks.
The Renault-Nissan alliance discussion would likely continue into the new year. Corporate travel fuels a growth in environmentally friendly aircraft fuel Republican legislators denounce a grant given to a battery business with connections to China. On the back of increased travel demand, Air New Zealand increases first-half profit expectations. By 2035, the European Union has already suggested a complete ban on passenger vehicles powered by fossil fuels. While there are several electric passenger car models either already on the market or on the horizon, there are currently relatively few zero-emission heavy-duty versions.
The letter’s signatories urged the European Commission to increase the 2030 CO2 reduction target for freight vehicles from a 30% decrease to 65% below the emissions level in 2019.
Additionally, they demanded that the EU establish a new intermediate goal of a 30% reduction by 2027 and the committee noted that “targeted financial support” will be necessary to help offset the “higher upfront purchase cost of electric vehicles, in particular for early frontrunners and for small and medium-sized firms.”