Video: European Study Says Longer Trucks Get Better Fuel Economy

Video: European Study Says Longer Trucks Get Better Fuel Economy

A news release and a video from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) says that a study on truck weight and dimensions has found that “The revision of the Directive on the weights and dimensions of commercial vehicles provides a unique opportunity to reduce CO2 emissions more efficiently from heavy duty vehicles,” explained ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert.

“Industry should have the flexibility to make use of revised rules to deliver even cleaner and more efficient trucks in the most cost-effective manner,” said Mr Jonnaert.

Mr Jonnaert added, “Allowing an extension of the current maximum length of vehicles and vehicle combinations, while complying with legal requirements, will enable the industry to incorporate both existing and future fuel-efficiency innovations into their designs.”

The ACEA says that advancement in trucking technology has decreased fuel consumption by 60% since 1965, and that trucks are involved in less than 6% of all accidents.