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CO2 reduction targets for trucks can only be achieved by combining technologies, study says

June 09, 2010 | Christoph Hammerschmidt | 222900887
The industry's ambitious CO2 emission reduction goals for heavy trucks will not result from alternative powertrain technologies alone, a study by consulting company Roland Berger says. Instead, a large share will also come from vehicle improvements such as better aerodynamics or reduction in overall vehicle weight. In any case, there is an immediate need for further developing new powertrain technologies.
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None of the most promising technologies currently available can by itself reduce the transport sector's CO2 emissions to meet global targets. For this reason, a combination of technologies is expected. These are findings of a new study by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants entitled "Truck Powertrain 2020 Mastering the CO2 challenge". The study focuses on and analyzes the development of CO2 emission reduction technologies in the different truck segments.

"Reduced oil reserves, rising fuel prices and an increased political and public awareness of environmental issues all make it necessary to immediately develop alternative powertrain technologies. Already today, OEMs need to work closely with the government to realistically be able to meet ambitious targets," says Norbert Dressler, Partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and expert in alternative truck powertrain technologies. In another ten years, the technological landscape will be very different, although diesel will still remain dominant. A wide range of potential powertrain technologies is available to cope with the ambitious emission targets that the government is expected to set, but not all technologies will reach the stage of mass production. External parameters such as lobbying, technological development in other industries and the smart use of collaborations and alliances will determine the future technology mix within the commercial vehicle industry.

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