Road transport should be included in the EU emissions trading system (ETS) as part of efforts to make new trucks sold after 2040 fossil fuel-free and reach carbon neutrality by 2050, commercial vehicle manufacturers said today.

Truck makers from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) announced their commitment to meeting the fossil fuel-free target — as long as the “right” charging and fuelling infrastructure is built and “coherent” policy is in place.

The association’s truck manufacturers — including Scania, Daimler, Volvo, Iveco, DAF, MAN and Ford — said zero-emission vehicles will not take off while diesel remains cheaper, underlining the need for “comprehensive” carbon pricing reflecting the total costs of CO2 emissions. They called for inclusion of road transport in the EU ETS and for CO2-based road charges.

The European Commission is considering these measures as it moves to revamp legislation to bring it in line with an increased CO2 reduction target of 55pc against 1990 levels in the EU. Concrete legislative proposals for tighter CO2 standards for cars and vans are expected by June 2021, and for heavy-duty vehicles by 2022. Last week, the commission set out new transport policy targeted at achieving fleets of at least 30mn zero-emission cars and 80,000 zero-emission lorries by 2030.

Cost parity between battery-electric and diesel power could come in “just a few” years for many segments of the truck market, according to the ACEA.

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