What is truck efficiency

Technology: Trucks could be a lot more efficient

Trucks could be much more fuel efficient and hauliers could save 5,700 euros per vehicle annually if technologies that were already available were used, according to a new report by the transport organization Transport & Environment (T&E) published today.

However, such new technologies are hardly used, T&E criticizes. The organization cites so-called turbo compounding as an example, with which fuel consumption could be reduced by three percent. This technology has been on the market for 15 years, but only 0.24 percent of European trucks use it.

Another example are tires with low road resistance that can easily be mounted on trucks. They reduce fuel consumption by an average of seven percent, but are only used in around one percent of trucks, according to the T&E report, which is based on data from the International Council on Clean Transportation.

Freight forwarders currently spend an average of 32,000 euros a year on fuel per truck. According to T&E, 18 percent of these costs could be saved.

The EU Commission intends to propose new fuel efficiency guidelines and CO2 standards for trucks at the beginning of 2018. T&E told EURACTIV.com that the new rules would have to be much stricter, "so that the market can finally move and these efficient technologies can be used more effectively."

Stef Cornelis, responsible for safer and cleaner trucks at T&E, writes in a press release that ignoring the new technologies is a “classic case of market failure: Technologies that have been on the market for more than five years on average are only used in 15 percent of the Truck used. "

He went on to explain that EU-wide fuel standards for trucks would remedy this failure: “Such truck standards already exist in North America, China and Japan, where they are increasingly helping to ensure that such advanced fuel-saving technologies are used in new trucks. "In view of the potential financial savings, it is" a shame that so much technology is simply ignored, "summarizes Cornelis.

Trucks make up less than five percent of all vehicles on European roads, but are responsible for around a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions. More importantly, your fuel consumption has barely improved in the last 20 years. “A truck built in 2015 uses practically the same amount of fuel as a truck from 1995,” T&E criticizes.