News & Information for the Professional Driver Association (PDA)

The EU Parliament agrees on higher weight and dimensions for zero emission trucks

The EU Parliament has agreed on new rules to accelerate the uptake of zero-emission trucks by granting trucks four extra tonnes to accommodate electric and hydrogen technology and one-tonne axle increase.However, the final word on the matter will be spoken by the new Parliament, following the elections to be held in June. The first reactions from ACEA, IRU and T&E.

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Beyond prejudice: Young professional bus and truck drivers in the EU are safe

“The best training anyone can and should receive is from within the industry and its people while on the road in a working vehicle.”

“Young drivers are safe. But they require longer and more thorough training, including driving alongside an instructor for a longer period than an older and more experienced driver.”

Dispelling the myths:

This factsheet demystifies misconceptions about young professional professional drivers in the EU. Read more

Electric Chinese HGV for Europe?

The Chinese electric truck brand Windrose, which was only founded in 2022, is already setting its sights on Europe. The idea is to produce battery-electric long-distance trucks in cooperation with a local partner.

In the car industry, Chinese manufacturers have long since arrived in Europe. MG Motors, Lynk&Co and BYD, for example. When it comes to vans, the Maxus brand is a household name.

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EPDA Announcement Feb 2024

The European Professional Drivers Association (EPDA) are pleased to announce that the Irish Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Minister Jack Chambers, will be the keynote speaker at the EPDA hosted International FitDrive workshop on the 17th of April in Dublin. […]

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Volvo Trucks unveils all-new Volvo VNL in North America

Volvo Trucks has launched a completely new Volvo VNL in North America to set new industry standards in heavy-duty trucking. Optimized aerodynamics and new technologies have improved fuel efficiency by up to 10%. This all-new truck features the next generation of enhancements to improve customer value, driver productivity, safety, and sustainability.

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EU Commission welcomes agreement on strong EU targets to reduce CO2 emissions from new trucks and urban buses

The European Commission welcomes today’s agreement between the European Parliament and Council on a provisional political agreement strengthening CO2 emissions standards for new heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) entering the EU market from 2030. The Regulation will set new ambitious CO2 emissions reduction targets for 2030, 2035 and 2040. The new standards will ensure that this segment of the road transport sector contributes to the shift to zero-emissions mobility and the EU’s 2030 climate ambitions and climate neutrality by 2050.

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In 2023, Daimler Truck managed to sell 3,443 electric vehicles globally (+277% over 2022)

“Our sales of battery-electric vehicles more than tripled compared to the previous year. We have expanded our product portfolio of battery electric vehicles for our customers in 2023 to ten different models. This is the foundation for future growth and underlines our aspiration to lead the transportation of the future”, commented Martin Daum, CEO of Daimler Truck Holding AG.

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LATAM – Volvo has delivered its first electric trucks in Latin America

Volvo Trucks has delivered eight heavy electric trucks to customers in Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. These orders represent Volvo’s first sales of zero-exhaust emission trucks to Latin America.

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EU FR – Renault Trucks unveils its DOLPHIN Research & Development project

Renault Trucks is continuing its investment in research in order to offer increasingly efficient, low-carbon vehicles that can adapt to changes in the transport industry. Through the collaborative DOLPHIN project, the manufacturer is set to develop an electric laboratory vehicle to pave the way for the future generation of electric long-haulage trucks. The aim is to assess the potential for technological innovation in terms of energy and environmental optimisation, safety, ergonomics and on-board comfort.

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EU – Euro 7, the EU Parliament and Council got a deal: stricter emissions thresholds for trucks and buses

The new regulation “sets more adequate rules for vehicle emissions and aims to further lower air pollutant emissions from road transport, and for the first time it covers cars, vans, and heavy-duty vehicles in one single legal act”. The new limits in details and the reaction of ACEA.

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