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Commercial vehicle manufacturers "focused on sustainability"

By: William Hobson
24 November 2010

European manufacturers of vehicles for commercial driving work are focused on sustainability, ACEA has claimed.

Leif Johansson, the chairman of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) commercial vehicle board, has said that following the 'worst' of the economic crisis the industry is focusing its efforts upon the efficiency, safety and environmental performance of commercial transport models. Speaking to the annual ACEA conference on transport policy he called for an "integrated and supportive industrial policy" across the European Union to help move logistics work to a greener footing.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT UK) reports Mr Johansson as stating: "The European commercial vehicle manufacturers are technology leaders and a driving force in the transition to sustainable mobility and transportation."

Aside from charing ASEA's commercial vehicle board, Mr Johansson is the president and chief executive of the Volvo Group. He has advocated the harmonisation of technical standards and modes of measurement across vehicle manufacturers and environmental organisations.

ASEA's claim comes in the same week as the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has announced the winning entries for its HGV Technology Challenge. The winners selected by LowCVP have developed solutions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the trucking industry, with selected solution driving down CO2 emissions by large vehicles between 8% and 25%.

Transport Engineer reports that winning ideas included the use of a duel-fuel, gas and petrol-fed powertrain; an improved trailer design that reduces drag; hybrid powertrains; and a technology which optimises driver efficiency by limiting acceleration rates to levels similar to those taught by eco driver training.

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