Some of the biggest names in the bus and truck industry in Europe have agreed to support ambitious new CO2-reduction targets.

The new targets have been signed off by the European Union (EU) and key players in our industry in Europe say they’re on board with trying to achieve those targets.

The primary target is the de-carbonizing of truck and bus transport by 2023 in Europe.

That is an ambitious target!

But the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) says the EU needs to do a better job of supporting the industry in the switch away from fossil-fuel-powered vehicles if the target is to be achieved.

The ACEA’s Commercial Vehicle Board Chair says the EU needs to assist with supply constraints and infrastructure hurdles.

“Truck and bus manufacturers are committed to helping Europe achieve its climate goals, by providing sustainable road transport solutions.” – Harald Seidel

“We are playing our part by investing in and ramping up production of battery-electric and hydrogen-powered models, but simply setting ambitious targets for manufacturers and hoping smooth implementation follows is not a strategy,”

“Europe is adopting the most ambitious 2030 targets for CO2 reductions in the world. However, ambitious targets must be backed up by equally ambitious enabling conditions and a coherent regulatory framework.”

The ACEA says there is almost no public charging infrastructure suitable for trucks and buses available in Europe today.

Europe needs at least 50,000 publicly accessible chargers and at least 700 hydrogen refilling stations to achieve the CO2-reduction target of 45% by 2030, according to the manufacturer’s association.