On February 18 the EU reached a decision to regulate CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles. To speed up development, Volvo is continuing to invest heavily in climate-friendly transport solutions, but additional measures are needed to stimulate demand for vehicles with low CO2 emissions.
Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks, said: “Cutting climate emissions from heavy-duty vehicles is an incredibly important task, and it’s fundamental to our initiatives in sustainable transport.
“We’re well-positioned to take on this challenge. It’s natural for the EU to now introduce limits on CO2 emissions.
“In order to speed up the transition, we would however also like to see stronger ﬁnancial incentives for the customers who take the lead and choose more climate-friendly vehicles.”
Lars Mårtensson, Director of Environment and Innovation, added: “We’re at the stage where the technology will soon be ready for wider applications in heavy-duty transport.
“If demand is stimulated and the new charging infrastructure network is expanded, the volume will also be able to increase at a faster rate than would otherwise be possible.”
Other climate solutions include natural gas and biogas. Running a Volvo FH LNG on natural gas cuts CO2 emissions by about 20% compared with diesel. With biogas, the tank-to-wheel emissions can be cut by 100%.
While the emission limits imposed by the EU set a clear timetable for vehicle manufacturers, the goal – improving fuel efﬁciency and reducing the climate impact – has been a top priority for the industry for some time now, partly because fuel usage makes up about one-third of a transport company’s costs.
“Our ambition has always been to be able to offer our customers the optimal, energy-efﬁcient comprehensive solution for the transport task at hand,” added Lars Mårtensson.
“New technologies that contribute to cutting CO2 emissions need to be able to enter the market rapidly. Fast-tracking the reviewing and certiﬁcation process by the authorities would speed up the introduction of new innovations within the transport sector.”
The EU framework covers emissions from the actual vehicles, but Volvo takes a broader approach to the question.
“If all parts of the transport system work together toward the same goal, we can reduce the climate impact even more. Better logistics, increased access to biofuels, fuel-efﬁcient driver training, aerodynamic trailers, improved road standards and expanded opportunities to use high-capacity vehicles are just some of the ways in which other parties can contribute,” concluded Mr Mårtensson.