The European Commission aims to cut road transport emissions by 90 percent by mid-century — key to its effort to become climate neutral by 2050. But getting there means a huge increase in the number of charging points for electric vehicles, as well as developing alternatives like hydrogen.
It’s especially crucial for heavy transport, because the existing infrastructure for electric vehicles is heavily skewed toward cars. Trucks need vastly higher recharge capacities, and fuels like hydrogen are also likelier to play a role in heavy transport compared to cars. The heavy transport industry has already invested in new technologies and electric trucks and buses. It estimates about 200,000 zero-emission trucks will have to be up and running by 2030 to achieve a target to cut emissions by 30 percent. The issue: There are just 2,300 zero-emission trucks on EU roads.
Meanwhile environmentalists have been calling on the upcoming revision of alternative fuels infrastructure rules (AFIR) to set binding targets for charging infrastructure for each country and for whole transport networks.
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