The ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association), based in Belgium, have said that commercial vehicle manufacturers in Europe are developing an evaluation tool which will calculate real life emissions ahead of purchase.
The CO2 emissions from a commercial vehicle will vary depending on the size and shape of the vehicle and also on the amount of work it does, for example how much is carried, how far the vehicle will be travelling and how fast, how many times will it be starting and stopping as well as many more factors.
The calculation method uses computer simulation to properly reflect the purpose and usage of the vehicle concerned. The CO2 evaluation tool will enable customers to pick the most fuel-efficient vehicle specification. This initiative is an important step in realising the commercial vehicle industry’s ‘Vision 2020’, which was announced in Hanover two years ago where a pledge was made to further reduce CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020. Since the 1970’s the commercial vehicle industry has reduced the fuel consumption of its vehicles by more than a third. This is all good news for firms who have vans on the streets which are covered by commercial vehicle insurance but who are also worried about C02 emissions.
Leif Johansson, Chairman of the Commercial Vehicle Board of ACEA, and President & CEO of Volvo Group, said at the international commercial vehicle show in Germany. “Our industry fully supports the common objective to reduce CO2 emissions, and by sharing our expertise with the market as well as with policy makers, we will arrive at ambitious results. It is important that legislators support our efforts with a policy approach that matches the reality of commercial goods and passengers. Measures should, furthermore, be globally harmonised. Our industry operates globally, and climate change is also a global challenge.”