Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica
FUSO eCanter liefert Gasflaschen in der Londoner Ultra-Niedrig-Emissions-Zone (ULEZ) FUSO eCanter delivers gas bottles in London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)

Clean Transport

Ministers Greenlight 50% Toll Discount for Emissions-Free Trucks

Hauliers driving emissions-free trucks will get at least half off road tolls in the EU under a new tolling system given the go-ahead by transport ministers this week. Fossil fuel trucks will be charged based on their CO2 emissions, with more efficient heavy-goods vehicles paying less.

Originally published on Transport & Environment.
By Eoin Bannon

Hauliers driving emissions-free trucks will get at least half off road tolls in the EU under a new tolling system given the go-ahead by transport ministers this week. Fossil fuel trucks will be charged based on their CO2 emissions, with more efficient heavy-goods vehicles paying less. Green group Transport & Environment said that, if agreed by the EU parliament, the new Eurovignette law will speed up the transition to zero-emissions freight and help alleviate air pollution in cities.

Transport ministers said zero-emission trucks, which are electrified or run on hydrogen, would get at least a 50% discount on charges by April 2023¹. Countries can even give discounts of up to 100% for zero-emissions lorries, as is already the case in Germany, until the end of 2025. After 2025, countries can offer discounts of between 50% and 75%, as is already the case in Austria.

James Nix, freight manager at T&E, said: “This is a breakthrough for green truck tolling. Heavy-goods vehicles will have to pay more if they emit more, and hauliers who invest in emissions free trucks will see their costs tumble. In negotiations the European Parliament should also push for the polluter pays principle to be extended to noise and air pollution without exception.”

With regional delivery electric trucks becoming increasingly available, T&E said the toll discounts will help speed up the transition to e-mobility by slashing the costs of hauliers who buy them. Annual tolling costs can reach up to €25,000 per truck, or one-quarter of the total cost of owning the vehicle.

FUSO eCanter. Image courtesy Mitsubishi.

Trucks are responsible for 23% of EU road transport emissions. EU ambassadors are expected to rubber stamp today’s agreement on 18 December. Trilogue negotiations between governments and the EU Parliament on the final law are expected to begin in early 2021.

¹ Transport ministers propose to give the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Luxembourg one additional year to implement CO2-based charging, i.e. until April 2024, due to the links between the current toll legislation of these countries.


Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.
Written By

We publish a number of guest posts from experts in a large variety of fields. This is our contributor account for those special people, organizations, agencies, and companies.

Comments

#1 most loved electric vehicle, solar energy, and battery news & analysis site in the world.

 

Support our work today!

Advertisement

Power CleanTechnica: $3/Month

Tesla News Solar News EV News Data Reports

Advertisement

EV Sales Charts, Graphs, & Stats

Advertisement

Our Electric Car Driver Report

30 Electric Car Benefits

Tesla Model 3 Video

Renewable Energy 101 In Depth

solar power facts

Tesla News

EV Reviews

Home Efficiency

You May Also Like

Clean Transport

Volta Trucks has laid out its Road-to-Zero Emissions strategy and is launching four full-electric commercial vehicles. The trucks will be between 7.5t and 19t...

Buildings

Proposal will reduce, but not fully eliminate, fossil fuel pollution from new buildings throughout the state

Clean Transport

Update: Here are several photos from the CleanTechnica team in NYC: The Manhattan Tesla store has a special vehicle in its showroom this weekend...

Batteries

Originally published on RMI.org. By Madeline Tyson President Biden’s infrastructure plan (The American Jobs Plan) aligns recovery stimulus and climate action. This is smart: experts conclude that the green stimulus delivers high returns...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.