Only zero emission trucks in Europe by 2040, say commercial vehicle manufacturers

All new trucks sold in Europe must be zero emission by 2040 in order to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, say Europe’s truck manufacturers in a move that paves the way for uptake of hydrogen heavy-duty vehicles.

According to the CEOs of Europe’s commercial vehicle manufacturers, it will be possible to meet this target provided the right charging or refuelling infrastructure is build and a coherent policy framework is put into place, including comprehensive CO2 pricing to drive the transition.

In a timely announcement, Daimler, IVECO, OMV, Shell and Volvo said on Tuesday (15th Dec) they are collaborating to create the conditions for the mass-market roll-out of hydrogen trucks in Europe.

Dubbed H2Accelerate, the collaboration believes that synchronised investments across the hydrogen sector during the 2020s will create the conditions for the mass-market roll-out of hydrogen heavy duty transportation which is required to meet the European ambition of net zero emissions by 2050.

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