‘EU must focus more strongly on infrastructure for electric trucks’

Electrically powered trucks, be it with a battery or a fuel cell, are a crucial part of CO2 reduction in the EU. Car manufacturers are therefore demanding that the EU invest heavily in expanding the number of charging points and hydrogen filling stations.

The European trade association for the automotive industry ACEA requires that there are at least 42,000 charging points for electric trucks in the European Union by 2030. In addition, the dome requires that around 1,000 hydrogen filling stations be set up by 2030. There are plenty of plans for the development and production of electric or fuel cell trucks, but customers will never buy these trucks if there are insufficient options for charging them or refueling them with hydrogen.

The EU requires that CO2 emissions from road transport should be reduced by 90 percent by 2050 compared to 1990. According to ACEA, this can only be achieved if EU countries are forced to step up efforts to increase the use of electric charging points and hydrogen filling stations.

As far as the car industry is concerned, the executive committee of the European Union must impose binding targets on Member States in a new directive in the field of infrastructure for electric trucks. ACEA is making the call together with the environmental group Transport & Environment, which regularly publishes reports on CO2 emissions from the transport sector. The two parties want truckers to be able to charge their electric truck at 11,000 points by 2025.

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