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    Electric truck initiative takes off in Europe

    18 European companies and organisations have formed a coalition, the European Clean Trucking Alliance (ECTA), to call for the decarbonisation of road freight transport in the Europen Union.

    Among the founding members are Deutsche Post DHL, Geodis, IKEA, Nestlé and Unilever. The corporations are calling for a “reliable” EU plan on how to decarbonise the transport of goods by road by 2050. According to their statements, the 18 companies have a turnover of 325 billion euros and employ a total of 1.6 million people.

    With the European Green Deal, the EU Commission has drawn up a roadmap on how Europe should become climate neutral by 2050. But concrete measures have yet to be adopted.  The initiative, therefore, calls on the EU Commission to present a proposal for CO2 standards in truck transport within two years at the latest. The ECTA also calls for subsidies for road freight transport, subsidies for the construction of charging stations in depots and purchase subsidies for emission-free commercial vehicles. Besides, the truck toll for emission-free vehicles is to be reduced “significantly”.

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