More than 40 manufacturers, shippers and industry groups including Siemens, Maersk and Unilever called on the EU on Thursday to mandate that all freight trucks be zero-emission models by 2035.
In a letter published on Thursday the group said its signatories “urge the European Commission to set all new freight trucks on a path to zero emission from 2035,” with a five-year exemption for vocational vehicles such as construction, mining and timber trucks that will require longer to develop and produce at scale.
A zero-emission strategy “will determine how fast the EU transitions away from polluting fossil-powered trucks to clean zero emission alternatives and if the EU will lead or be left behind in this inevitable industrial transition.”
The Commission is currently working on proposals for CO2 reduction targets for freight trucks and the infrastructure to charge electric or fuel hydrogen-powered heavy-duty vehicles.

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