What is the rest of the world doing?


Japan was the first country to introduce truck CO2 standards in 2005. The 2015 standards are part of Japan’s top runner programme and require 15% better fuel economy. Japan is currently preparing new standards for the post-2020 period.



Flags-01The United States decided to introduce standards in 2010. In 2011 president Obama adopted America’s first ever fuel economy standards for trucks. In 2015 the US announced the 2nd set of standards for 2027. Combined phase 1 and 2 will almost double truck fuel economy compared to 2010.


Flags-03China adopted its first set of truck fuel economy standards in 2011. 3 years later it finalised the second and more demanding truck fuel economy standard. In May 2016 the Chinese government announced the 3rd phase.



One of the objectives of the Chinese fuel economy regulations is to catch up with its global competitors in the US and Europe.


By 2020 US trucks will be the most fuel efficient in the world

When people think about American trucks, the image that springs to mind is a massive Coca-Cola truck with a big nose, massive grill and chrome exhaust pipe. These massive rigs don’t seem particularly efficient and for a long time Europeans made fun of the big-nosed US mammoths. This is about to change.

The US 2nd truck fuel economy legislation that was adopted in August 2016 will reduce the fuel use of new long-haul trucks by around 30-45%, compared to 2010. The new American standard means that by 2020 American trucks will overtake European lorries as the most efficient in the world.

Fuel consumption anticipation between the US and the EU at the horizon 2027


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The truck cartel

It started with a meeting in a “cosy hotel” in Brussels back in 1997. Truck CEOs had come together to discuss something that would guarantee huge profits for the years to come. This meeting in a cosy hotel marked the beginnings of a price fixing cartel that would last for the next fourteen (14!) years! MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Scania, Iveco and DAF all participated and jointly fixed prices and delayed the introduction of emission technologies.

What you can do in a decade: EU vs US

While the EU originally introduced in 2007 a request to create a legislation via the European Council, in the last 10 years nothing has been concretely done to put a text on the table and vote for a regulation. In the meantime the US passed its own regulation, and even had time to improve it - making today its trucks much more fuel efficient than the ones of the EU.