Thursday 8th Dec 2016 - Logistics Manager

European tractor truck fuel consumption ‘not changed substantially’ in over 10 years

The average fuel consumption of new tractor trucks in Europe has not changed substantially in over 10 years, a new report has found. The report, developed by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), found that with an ‘absence’ of new efficiency regulations, which have been implemented in the US, Europe will ‘fall behind’ when it comes to fuel efficiency.

The study looks at figures from the European commercial trucking market, taking into consideration key member states, fuel consumption trends and manufacturers – comparing Europe with the US.

“The EU is taking a similar approach to consumer information and labelling as it did for passenger cars over a decade ago. In the end the EU opted for mandatory standards for cars and we believe a similar pathway for trucks would make sense as well,” said Peter Mock.

The ICCT note that currently the US, Japan, China and Canada are all choosing to ‘set mandatory target values that will drive efficiency improvements in new heavy-duty vehicles through the adoption of improved technologies.’