EU requirements for vans, EU reached the choice to control CO2.
On February 18, the EU reached the choice to control CO2 emissions from heavy-duty autos. To hurry up improvement, Volvo Vehicles continues to speculate closely in additional climate-friendly transport options. However further measures are wanted to stimulate demand for autos with low CO2 emissions.
“Slicing local weather emissions from heavy-duty autos is an extremely vital job, and it’s elementary to our initiatives in sustainable transport. At Volvo Vehicles, we’re well-positioned to tackle this problem. It’s pure for the EU to now introduce limits on CO2 emissions. With the intention to pace up the transition, we’d nonetheless additionally prefer to see stronger monetary incentives for the shoppers who take the lead and select extra climate-friendly autos,” stated Roger Alm, President of Volvo Vehicles.
Electrical vans can contribute to lowering CO2 emissions. Volvo Vehicles launched its first truck fashions with electrical powertrains in 2018 and can begin sequence manufacturing this 12 months.
“We’re on the stage the place the know-how will quickly be prepared for wider functions in heavy-duty transport. If demand is stimulated and the brand new charging infrastructure community is expanded, the quantity will even have the ability to enhance at a quicker charge than would in any other case be doable,” stated Lars Mårtensson, Director of Atmosphere and Innovation at Volvo Vehicles.
Different local weather options embrace pure fuel and biogas. Working a Volvo FH LNG on pure fuel cuts CO2 emissions by about 20 p.c in comparison with diesel. With biogas, the tank-to-wheel emissions will be reduce by 100 p.c.
On the identical time, Volvo Vehicles is continuous to develop the diesel vans that at present make up absolutely the majority of its gross sales. For the reason that early 1990s, the gasoline utilization and CO2 emissions of a typical long-distance Volvo truck have decreased by about 20 p.c*, and there’s room for added enhancements with extra environment friendly powertrains, decrease rolling resistance, and higher aerodynamics. Every truck must be optimized for its particular transportation job.
Whereas the emission limits imposed by the EU set a transparent timetable for automobile producers, the aim – enhancing gasoline effectivity and lowering the local weather impression – has been a high precedence for the business for a while now, partially as a result of gasoline utilization makes up about one-third of the prices for a transport firm.
“Our ambition has at all times been to have the ability to provide our prospects the optimum, vitality environment friendly complete answer for the transport job at hand,” stated Lars Mårtensson.
Amongst Volvo Vehicles’ prospects, in addition to many shoppers of transport companies, there’s a large amount of curiosity in making transport extra local weather pleasant. Increasing funding subsidies or tax breaks for individuals who select to spend money on climate-efficient know-how would make an enormous distinction.
“New applied sciences that contribute to slicing CO2 emissions want to have the ability to enter the market quickly. Quick-tracking the reviewing and certification course of by the authorities would pace up the introduction of recent improvements throughout the transport sector.”
The EU framework covers emissions from the precise autos, however Volvo Vehicles takes a broader method to the query.
“If all components of the transport system work collectively towards the identical aim, we will scale back the local weather impression far more. Higher logistics, elevated entry to biofuels, fuel-efficient coaching for drivers, aerodynamic trailers, improved highway requirements, and expanded alternatives to make use of high-capacity autos are simply among the methods by which different events can contribute,” stated Lars Mårtensson.