EU requirements for vehicles, EU reached the choice to control CO2.
On February 18, the EU reached the choice to control CO2 emissions from heavy-duty automobiles. To hurry up growth, Volvo Vehicles continues to take a position closely in additional climate-friendly transport options. However extra measures are wanted to stimulate demand for automobiles with low CO2 emissions.
“Chopping local weather emissions from heavy-duty automobiles is an extremely necessary activity, and it’s basic 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. So as to pace up the transition, we’d nevertheless additionally prefer to see stronger monetary incentives for the shoppers who take the lead and select extra climate-friendly automobiles,” mentioned Roger Alm, President of Volvo Vehicles.
Electrical vehicles can contribute to lowering CO2 emissions. Volvo Vehicles launched its first truck fashions with electrical powertrains in 2018 and can begin collection manufacturing this yr.
“We’re on the stage the place the expertise will quickly be prepared for wider purposes in heavy-duty transport. If demand is stimulated and the brand new charging infrastructure community is expanded, the amount can even be capable of improve at a sooner price than would in any other case be doable,” mentioned Lars Mårtensson, Director of Atmosphere and Innovation at Volvo Vehicles.
Different local weather options embody pure fuel and biogas. Working a Volvo FH LNG on pure fuel cuts CO2 emissions by about 20 % in comparison with diesel. With biogas, the tank-to-wheel emissions may be reduce by 100 %.
On the similar time, Volvo Vehicles is continuous to develop the diesel vehicles 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 %*, and there may be room for added enhancements with extra environment friendly powertrains, decrease rolling resistance, and higher aerodynamics. Every truck must be optimized for its particular transportation activity.
Whereas the emission limits imposed by the EU set a transparent timetable for car producers, the aim – enhancing gasoline effectivity and lowering the local weather impression – has been a prime 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 supply our clients the optimum, vitality environment friendly complete resolution for the transport activity at hand,” mentioned Lars Mårtensson.
Amongst Volvo Vehicles’ clients, in addition to many purchasers of transport companies, there’s a large amount of curiosity in making transport extra local weather pleasant. Increasing funding subsidies or tax breaks for many who select to spend money on climate-efficient expertise would make a giant distinction.
“New applied sciences that contribute to reducing 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 latest improvements throughout the transport sector.”
The EU framework covers emissions from the precise automobiles, however Volvo Vehicles takes a broader method to the query.
“If all elements of the transport system work collectively towards the identical aim, we are able to scale back the local weather impression far more. Higher logistics, elevated entry to biofuels, fuel-efficient coaching for drivers, aerodynamic trailers, improved street requirements, and expanded alternatives to make use of high-capacity automobiles are simply among the methods by which different events can contribute,” mentioned Lars Mårtensson.