The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation on the monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles. Industry supports the Commission’s objective to increase transparency in the market regarding CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, thereby also contributing to the further decarbonisation of road transport in Europe.
Truck manufacturers are, however, concerned by the suggestion to aggregate and disclose certain confidential and technically-sensitive data through a database accessible to the general public – especially when it comes to the aerodynamic performance of a truck, the so-called ‘CdxA value’. As this position paper shows, making such data publicly available to competitors would severely hurt the competitiveness of the European truck industry, in Europe and abroad.
In addition, further clarification is needed regarding the scope of the proposal and the definition of the production date of a vehicle, and to ensure that the disclosure of the average fuel consumption per manufacturer is done in a comparable way.