Only six electric and 20 hybrid heavy-duty vehicles were registered in the EU, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey from July 2019 to July 2020, according to data reported to the European Environment Agency. This compares with nearly 167,000 diesel or petrol-fired trucks and buses.
EU legislation currently requires lorry manufacturers to reduce average CO2 emissions by 15% by 2025 and 30% by 2030, compared with 2019 levels. Those goals are due to be revised (upwards) in 2022.
More than 20% of cars produced in Germany in July 2021 were electric, compared with 6.8% in March 2020.
Buses and trucks make up only 2% of vehicles on European roads, but they are responsible for approximately a quarter of the EU’s road transport emissions. Heavy-duty vehicles can be decarbonised through different means, from electrification – if that power is decarbonised – to clean hydrogen-based synthetic fuels.