Topics / Heavy-duty vehicle CO2 standards in Europe

Over the past several years, the ICCT has published numerous studies related to the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles in Europe. These analyses provide a necessary foundation for the assessment of the cost-effective potential of fuel saving technologies to curb the CO2 emissions from on-road freight vehicles.

The list below links to various resources related to technology potential analysis, cost curves, vehicle testing, market analysis, and policy recommendations.

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Experimentally investigates the fuel consumption of a best-in-class tractor-trailer in the United States through chassis dynamometer and track testing.

Summarizes the results of a pioneering vehicle testing program aimed at comparing the fuel efficiency of selected tractor-trailers in Europe and the United States.

A regulatory proposal in the European Union would set mandatory CO2 limits for the heavy-duty vehicle (HDV) categories with the highest share of emissions. This breifing summarizes key findings and policy recommendations from recent ICCT research, including technology baseline and cost-effective CO2 reduction potential for long-haul tractor-trailers, the highest-emitting vehicle category.

2018.05.15

Experimentally investigates the fuel consumption of a best-in-class tractor-trailer in the United States through chassis dynamometer and track testing.

Publication: Consultant report
2018.05.15

Summarizes the results of a pioneering vehicle testing program aimed at comparing the fuel efficiency of selected tractor-trailers in Europe and the United States.

Publication: Briefing
2018.05.06

A regulatory proposal in the European Union would set mandatory CO2 limits for the heavy-duty vehicle (HDV) categories with the highest share of emissions. This breifing summarizes key findings and policy recommendations from recent ICCT research, including technology baseline and cost-effective CO2 reduction potential for long-haul tractor-trailers, the highest-emitting vehicle category.

Publication: Briefing
2018.04.08

Experimentally investigates the fuel consumption, pollutant emissions and aerodynamic performance of three European heavy-duty vehicles through chassis dynamometer and track testing.

Publication: Consultant report
2018.03.06

Analyzes the model structure, simulation flow, and limitations of the EU’s regulatory tool for the simulation of heavy-duty vehicle fuel consumption. Compares the regulatory vehicle simulation tools used in the EU and the United States.

Publication: White paper
2018.01.16

Summarizes the potential in Europe of presently available efficiency technologies to produce fuel savings that greatly exceed the upfront costs of technology and maintenance, and evaluates emerging advanced efficiency technologies that offer even more substantial fuel savings and short payback periods over the long term.

Publication: White paper
2017.09.26

Assesses zero-emission heavy-duty vehicle technologies to support decarbonization of the freight sector in the 2025–2030 timeframe. Synthesizes data from the research literature, demonstrations, and low-volume commercial trucks regarding their potential to deliver freight with zero tailpipe emissions. Analyzes the emerging technologies by their cost of ownership and life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions for China, Europe, and the United States.

Publication: White paper
2017.09.04

Analyzes the benefits of establishing separate engine CO2 standards in addition to full-vehicle regulations to specifically drive improvements in heavy-duty engine efficiency. Outlines a possible pathway for the development and implementation of separate engine CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles within the regulatory framework of the European Union.

Publication: Briefing
2017.08.01

Summarizes provisions of the implementing act adopted in May 2017 by the European Union for type-approval of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption of on-road heavy-duty vehicles, which will go into effect in 2019 and 2020.

Publication: Policy update

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